July 16, 2014 (Seattle, WA) – In celebration of the Lurie Garden’s 10th year anniversary, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol composed a short video about the landscape design process. The Lurie Garden opened on July 16, 2004 in downtown Chicago’s Millennium Park. The garden hosts 1.5 million visitors a year while offering daily respite to nearby residents and professionals.
The video “The Lurie Garden Turns 10” includes a time-lapse of drawings that show the evolution of the Lurie Garden design. Also featured are short clips of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol founding principals Kathryn Gustafson, Jennifer Guthrie, and Shannon Nichol discussing the Lurie Garden design process.
The Lurie Garden represents a collaboration between Gustafson Guthrie Nichol’s founding principals, who in 2000 launched their business partnership in tandem with creating the competition-winning garden design. The “Shoulder Garden” design was derived from Gustafson Guthrie Nichol’s deep research of the site’s history, ecology, and surrounding communities. Built upon thick marshland and lakefront, Chicago has risen ambitiously skyward. Likewise, the site of the Lurie Garden has been built up from marshy shoreline, to rail yard, to parking garage, to roof garden. This history is revealed in the design for the Lurie Garden, which references the contrasts in Chicago’s past and present landscapes with two contrasting Plates. The Dark Plate is shady, thick, and moist. The Light Plate is a sunny, dry prairie that elevates the human body above the landscape. The Plates are divided by the Seam, a boardwalk over water that references Chicago’s first step of building a dry city ground. The muscular Shoulder Hedge on the garden’s perimeter encloses and protects the inner garden, while framing views of the Loop’s architecture. Gustafson Guthrie Nichol oversaw and managed the project team and the construction of the garden, which is essentially one of the world’s largest green roofs.
The credits include a thank you to the client, Millennium Park, Inc. Gustafson Guthrie Nichol also acknowledges the design team, which included renowned perennial plantsman Piet Ouldolf and theater set designer Robert Israel, as well as KPFF, Structural and Civil Engineers; CMS Collaborative, Fountain Consultants; Terry Guen Design Associates, Plant Sourcing and Construction Observation; Schuler Shook, Lighting Designers; GKC/EME, MEP; Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company, Irrigation Design; Davis Langdon Associates, Cost Estimators; and Northwind Perennial Farm, Perennial Growers.
Music courtesy Ricky dos Remedios, © 2014.
All images courtesy Gustafson Guthrie Nichol.
Image credits: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Linda Oyama Bryan, Mark Tomaras, Juan Rois, and The Lurie Garden, © 2000 - 2014.