Bostick Landscape Architects
In Huntsville, Alabama, the construction of a second phase of a multifamily development situated in Jones Valley, an urbanized region of the town (which is in the north-central part of the state) brought a wonderful opportunity for Bostick Landscape Architects (BLA) to design a recreational outdoor site with a courtyard acting as one of the main selling points to potential residents of this new phase. But this courtyard ultimately had to be tailored to a demanding setting.
As a part of the urbanization of Jones Valley, the development, named Legacy Apartments, is facilitating the ever-changing workforce in a growing metro population. The apartments are located at the edge of a working urban farm and nestled at the foot of a mountain.
One of the main challenges from the moment this project was taken on by Bostick Landscape Architects and their team members, which included civil engineer Jennifer Trice from Trice Engineering, another Huntsville company, and the architectural firm of English & Associates from Atlanta, Georgia, was deciding how to most effectively account for the various grades of the adjacent rocky hillside.
After considering different solutions to this challenging issue, the design team decided upon a multi-level approach, which in the end, created the opportunity for an attention-grabbing, elevated courtyard.
The Wish List
The owners, G.W. Jones Properties from Huntsville, requested a variety of amenities that they wanted to see in the outdoor site design for this new phase of the complex.
Their list included a large, new resort style pool, grilling locations, firepits, shade structures, seating of all types, a dog park, and a lush landscape which would complement the new building as well as help integrate this second phase into the complex as a whole.
Getting to Work
With this wish list in hand, Bostick Landscape Architects began the design process of the placement of these amenities.
First was the courtyard pool. From ideas the owners provided, BLA created a pool shape that would have a beach entry, tanning ledge, lap lanes, and integrated seating in the pool at the edges. In-pool features such as a swim up table and barstools creates socialization opportunities for residents to mingle while staying cool in the Alabama heat.