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.
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.
Landscape design for this 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. The addition of a water feature in the plaza provides a great place for kids to play and cool off on hot summer days.