Archipelago Courtyard is a communal 6,000 square foot landscape serving the residents of the surrounding building. Terrain was asked to re-think the use and potential of what was previously a barren field of brick paving. Terrain developed a series of islands within a new field of paving.
The islands function as built in seating, flexible sub-spaces and protected soil volume for the distinct grove of a Honey Locusts which provides shade and comfort. The geometry and terracing of the courtyard creates a child friendly circuit for running, biking and play. Residents utilize the space daily to access their apartments, play with children, walk dogs, use the outdoor kitchen and host events ranging from building wide block parties to informal gatherings.