When looking at a parking lot, most people simply see a place to park their cars. But to the creative minds at LRSLA Studio, Inc., a 10-person, energetic landscape architecture firm in Philadelphia, parking lots represent new possibilities.
In this new case study, linked below, read how LRSLAstudio’s design team has propelled the firm’s reputation in Philadelphia and beyond through its well planned, beautiful, and sustainable landscape designs using Vectorworks Landmark software. First up is The Porch at 30th Street Station, for which LRSLAstudio transformed an area of 34 parallel parking spaces outside one of the nation's busiest train stations into an outdoor gathering area that features seasonal plantings, trees, music, and movable café seating. The space is now home to a concert series and a farmers’ market, and it represents one example of the pavement-to-parks movement made famous in cities like New York and San Francisco.
Next, the article explores how the firm created a five-week, beach-themed, pop-up installation and reinvigorated Eakins Oval, an eight-acre space encompassing a traffic circle, fountains, a statue of George Washington, and a parking lot located at the west end of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway. LRSLAstudio's plan for this project at The Oval encompassed three zones: a beach with large sandboxes and misting fans, a painted beach blanket full of games including oversized checkers and chess pieces, and a boardwalk complete with patio chairs and tables and where rotating food trucks could sate visitors’ appetites. Adirondack chairs and painted buoys resembling large beach balls activated the scene, colorful lanterns lit up the sky, and wind chimes strung in the trees along with a temporary concert stage filled the air with music.