Longwood Gardens in PA Opens New Section

Construction is complete on the new East Plaza at Longwood (in Kennett Square, PA), designed by Kim Wilkie.
This new space is a central and stately destination for Longwood
Gardens' guests. Its open and welcoming design provides grand views of
the Conservatory, space to relax, and environment friendly rest rooms.
The Plaza opened on October 9, 2010.

A circle
of stately stone paving flows through the space, creating a grand
walkway that leads guests to the majestic Conservatory.

terraced lawn surrounds the Plaza. The area may one day be used for
informal gatherings, including educational talks and demonstrations.

new East Plaza features many design elements based on conservation of
natural resources. The underground rest rooms showcase the best
practice for insulation with earth, an age-old concept that is very
energy efficient. In addition, a clear ceiling allows natural lighting
of the space. The finished rest rooms combine environment friendly and
efficient use of heat, water and construction materials while remaining
elegant and imaginative in design.

(Content from LongwoodGardens.org). Read the full article and view photos of the new design at: http://www.longwoodgardens.org/TheConservatoryPlazaConstruction.html