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11-15-19 | Feature

Burton Landscape Architecture Studio

Solana Beach, Calif.

Msheireb
Doha, Qatar
'Msheireb Downtown Doha' is a 35-hectare (86 acres) site which will transform the architectural centre of Doha, the capital city of Qatar, recreating a way of living that is rooted in Qatari culture. Nearly all of the project's public realm is set above below-grade parking structures and service cooridors. The Msheireb project will be a shining example of Qatar's determination to innovate not just for innovation's sake, but with the end goal of improving the quality of life and ensuring that Qatar's heritage and culture evolves as the country grows. The Msheireb project was created to bridge the gap between Doha of the past and the leading, global metropolis it is today. The project maps what made Qatar's traditional architecture and urban planning work well throughout history and applies what it has learned to obtain a sustainable and beneficial community of the future.
Msheireb
Doha, Qatar
'Msheireb Downtown Doha' is a 35-hectare (86 acres) site which will transform the architectural centre of Doha, the capital city of Qatar, recreating a way of living that is rooted in Qatari culture. Nearly all of the project's public realm is set above below-grade parking structures and service cooridors. The Msheireb project will be a shining example of Qatar's determination to innovate not just for innovation's sake, but with the end goal of improving the quality of life and ensuring that Qatar's heritage and culture evolves as the country grows. The Msheireb project was created to bridge the gap between Doha of the past and the leading, global metropolis it is today. The project maps what made Qatar's traditional architecture and urban planning work well throughout history and applies what it has learned to obtain a sustainable and beneficial community of the future.
Hotel del Coronado
San Diego
When looking to update their site master plan for this iconic, 100-year-old beachfront hotel, the Hotel del Coronado chose Burton Studio for the task. A complete master plan study of the site was initiated, which included the addition of new hotel rooms, conference rooms and meeting facilities. Parking and circulation requirements were reviewed and recommended to be placed underground in three site garages. With the parking removed, the site plan blossomed, creating new outdoor event areas, gardens, swimming pools and a new beachfront promenade. A new entrance was also proposed with a dramatic palm lined drive to the original porte-cochere entrance. The master plan was submitted and approved by the California Coastal Commission insuring a long-term growth plan for both the hotel's aesthetic and financial enhancement.
Hotel del Coronado
San Diego
When looking to update their site master plan for this iconic, 100-year-old beachfront hotel, the Hotel del Coronado chose Burton Studio for the task. A complete master plan study of the site was initiated, which included the addition of new hotel rooms, conference rooms and meeting facilities. Parking and circulation requirements were reviewed and recommended to be placed underground in three site garages. With the parking removed, the site plan blossomed, creating new outdoor event areas, gardens, swimming pools and a new beachfront promenade. A new entrance was also proposed with a dramatic palm lined drive to the original porte-cochere entrance. The master plan was submitted and approved by the California Coastal Commission insuring a long-term growth plan for both the hotel's aesthetic and financial enhancement.
Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa
Scottsdale, Arizona
This property originated as the Cottonwoods Resort, built in 1982 on 25 acres in Arizona's Paradise Valley, in the shadow of Camelback Mountain. The resort offers 201 renovated casita style rooms, an open concept lobby and restaurant-bar, four conference venues, two pools and a full-service spa. "The Retreat", a private cluster of 20 bungalows, provides an exclusive resort experience with premium privacy and service.

Founded in 1989 by principal William Burton, it is distinguished by its collaborative skills, site planning and timeless design. The Studio's work is modern in tone while based on classic proportion and scale.

The Studio considers the ritual of experiencing the built environment, with the goal of achieving a natural and pure relationship with a designed project and its surroundings.

The methodology is simple. A custom exploration of the design opportunities with an organic execution of understated elegance. The Studio's goal is to discover a relaxed stability in man's inherent structured nature.

Research is key to the process. Applying classically trained approaches and techniques, the communal studio workroom is a place for instruction, experimentation and collaboration. Within this environment the Studio explores the notions of purity, clarity, modernity and intimacy in every project.

Inspiration originates from great works of design, literature and art, informing and motivating the designer's way of thinking.

The main question the Studio asks is a simple one - what are the significant ingredients of a formative design and how are they creatively synthesized and brought to realization? The process results in the exceptional qualities unique to each Burton Studio project.

As seen in LASN magazine, November 2019.

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