Amsterdam Vale Shared Gardens and Renovations
New York, NY
S&A designed lobby renovations for a group of 8 adjacent Upper West Side townhouses, and is developing a secluded shared mews garden between them - involving complex NY Landmarks Commission submissions. The project recently received unanimous approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission review and was recommended by Community Board 7 and Landmarks West. The formerly disused space will be excavated at the upper level to provide accessibility from the street, taking care to preserve three existing trees and any schist boulders unearthed during excavation, which will be re-purposed throughout the site. In an effort to support New York City’s urban ecosystem, the site will be planted with native, urban plants.
The main entrance to the garden is inspired by the cast-iron handrails, fences and grilles present throughout the Upper West Side. Our iron-work design creates a cascade of blossoms. Inside the gate, the green space is an oasis from the City. The landscape is programmed for both private and communal activities, from meeting a friend for coffee in the rapid seating area, to quiet reading in the meandering forest or hosting a barbecue in the group gathering space. Some private yards offer connected