Congratulations to our partners in the 170 Amsterdam, Equity Apartments project, Handel Architects for being shortlisted for the 2015 World Architecture News Awards. This impressive building sits between Central Park to the east and the landscaped open space of the Lincoln Towers to the west. The building’s architecture and the exoskeleton that defines the exterior is derived from its location between these large green spaces. At ground level, the columns create a dynamic street wall, with the exposed structure angling into the sidewalk. That is where Blondie’s design principal, Tina Dituri served as landscape architect for the project. By creating mass plantings the in-ground garden beds are visually divided into blocks of color and texture. On the west side of the building a courtyard serves as a private garden for tenants. Here you will find lime green bistro tables set amongst a stand of River Birch and an electric blue sculpture titled “Tidal” by artist John Clementsit. The outdoor courtyard is mostly groundcover such as pachysandra and Hakonechloa macra with sporadic flourishes of perennials and is meant to be a visual green space that takes the user from the hard surfaces of urban dwelling to the lush and heady breadth of the forest understory.
The 236-unit apartment community “is an iconic new fixture on the Upper West Side and itself a livable work of art,” said George Kruse, first vice president of development with Equity Residential.
Recently Blondie’s President + CEO, Howard K. Freilich, spoke with Turf Design Build about the beginnings of BTH and where over 36 years of business has led him.
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For this Greenwall installation Blondie’s designer and national account developer Daria Snyder selected a trough system that attaches to a grid structure. Because of this wall’s high visibility, its planter trays that hold 6” plant material, can easily be planted or are accessed easily for plant replacement assuring ease of maintenance and seasonal rotations. This system relies on water wicking technology which has long been a successful method for regulating and extending watering cycles in a commercial environment. The walls dimension is 10’ H x 10’ W and incorporates approximately 200 6” plants. The plant palette was custom selected for the site’s location and relies on the contrast of color and texture of the plant material. This project highlights Blondie’s National Account Program and how it is set up to seamlessly function and manage national and international projects. After developing a design program with the client, we build a team of regional specialists and a local plantscaping company is brought onto the project and trained to assist in the installation and on-going maintenance of the project. By staying on as a project consultant, Blondie’s is able to monitor the quality and success of the installation and is a consistent presence in managing the project. With this type of hands on approach Blondie’s is able to offer custom high quality designs for multi-location and international brands.
While it’s true that we have had a busy, busy year full of exciting projects and installs, none of it would ever be possible without our wonderful clients. The joy that we experience while working together to design, specify, install and maintain accounts is beyond measure. New Year’s is the perfect time to acknowledge and thank our clients, vendor partners and all the Blondie’s staff that make it come together as one unstoppable team that makes the magic happen. We have so much to look forward to…here’s looking ahead to 2015 !
“We just wanted to say what a great job you did with the gardens, tree pits, and especially the window boxes. The window boxes are spectacular with the birch, and the lights add so much at night. We have gotten many compliments on them!
Just wanted to say, “Great job!”
– NYC Cooperative Residential Building