Sky Trapezium, Museum of contemporary art Denver

Denver, CO

“Sky Trapezium” is a roof garden and permanent art piece at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. Inspired by the pools at Marble Mines in Colorado and the sod roofs described in novels by Willa Cather and Laura Ingalls Wilder, Dakin imagined a place for people to interact with landscape in novel ways: to sit in the shade under prairies and to experience up-close “belly views” of mountain flora. The angled, sculptural forms of planted beds are designed to withstand snow loads and high winds, as well as to create a provocative garden that pushes our expectations of landscape.

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Los Angeles, CA
10,000+ SF


In collaboration with Belzberg Architects, Evo Catalyst, RoofMeadows, and John Greenlee, this 10,000 square foot green roof provides a seamless transition from the museum to Pan Pacific Park beyond. Feathery grasses and wildflowers contrast with concrete architecture and the realities of the Holocaust. Seasonal changes in the roof meadow mark the cycles of the year and the inevitability of Spring. Drought-tolerant plantings need little irrigation in Los Angeles’ arid climate.

Read more in "Wind and Light: The Living Roof on the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust"  Pacific Horticulture. October, 2013

Whole Foods

Boulder, CO

In collaboration with Lisa Lee Benjamin and Evo Catalyst, this landscape design for Whole Foods market transformed a suburban shopping center into a garden filled with native and climate appropriate plants as well as edible and medicinal herbs and fruit trees. This generative, healing garden was designed using permaculture principles. The concept of the garden harmonized with Whole Foods’ mission to sell healthy and sustainable foods and products. The addition of a water feature in the plaza provides a great place for kids to play and cool off on hot summer days.