We love incorporating living architecture into any project we can. Not only can it help reduce energy consumption, lower urban air temperatures, absorb and re-cycle rain water, and create ecosystems in urban environments, but we believe green spaces can also help increase physical and mental well-being.
Living walls: A living wall is a piece of art. Each installation involves extensive research to get the right plants, structure and growing medium to ensure the wall thrives. In 2010, together with staff and students from NS Community College Horticulture program, we created the first pernament, cold-climate, exterior living wall in eastern Canada. A six year retrospective video is available here.
Green roofs: Old and new buildings present unique opportunities for living roofs. We assess each project before creating strategies, making sure to consider the right mix of native and ornamental plants.
Restoration: We also offer services to restore and renew existing green roofs and living walls.
Our custom play spaces provide opportunities for imagination, creativity and growth for children and adults of all ages.
Halifax Waterfront Submarine Playground: In 2012 our client, the Waterfront Development Corporation, received an international honour award for this custom playground in the "Excellence on the Waterfront Awards", an international juried competition. Our creative process included children in the concept design stage, then we partnered with engineers, provincial and municipal agencies, marine designers, boat builders, safety consultants, and artists to create this interactive play space.
Ski Martock Snow Playground: Snow playgrounds are popular in northern climates as a way to teach technical skills through play. Creating different challenges integrates skills development in a fun and playful way.
Custom Play Structures: Our custom play structures are designed to provide years of agility, strength and coordination practice. The structures encourage kids to scramble, climb, hoist, swing and duck their way around four different sides with interior play spaces and ladders leading to upper platforms.
Parks & Public Spaces
Civic spaces are an extension of our communities. They can enrich the lives of their users and contribute to healthier environments socially, culturally and environmentally. We’ve been involved in some truly exceptional community spaces and take great pride in our work.
Halifax Waterfront, Visitors Information Centre Project: The Waterfront Development Corp asked Outside! to address an aging ramp at the Visitors Centre. We developed a comprehensive plan to invigorate an unused area with a mackerel run seating arrangement in front of a virtual aquarium on one side of the building as well as a humpback whale sculpture that kicks off a wave seating arrangement around the rest of the building.
The Canal Greenway: We are collaborating with the Shubenacadie Canal Commission, the municipality, architects, and engineers to replicate historical elements of the old canal as the focal point of this new municipal park.
Halifax Waterfront Catch-A-Break! Hammock Park: We created a fun and colourfulresting place with inviting hammocks, suspended between posts that look like east coast fishing buoys bobbing along the boardwalk.
We are passionate about creating vibrant urban areas that are functional, attractive, and sustainable for years to come. We want people to enjoy where they live, work and play.
Seven Lakes Community: We assisted the Penney Group with development approvals and prepared detailed drawing sets for tender. We designed the wetland restoration plan, developed the trail system, prepared the Landscape Master Plan and provide guidelines for native plantings.
Q Lofts: Located in Halifax's vibrant North End, this condominium project boasts an extensive terrace and street plantings. We developed a customized planter system for the roof terrace in keeping with the buildings' industrial cladding materials.
Brenton Street: An exciting mixed-use residential addition to the downtown core, this bold piece of urban architecture is a welcome addition to the Halifax skyline. We designed the public spaces to work with the subtle angles of the building façade. The space reflects a diverse group of users with outdoor spaces for exercise, entertaining and relaxation.
Dalhousie Fitness Centre: In association with local and national architects and engineers, we're creating a dynamic landscape plan to match the bold new building on South Street. The overall effect is both practical from a storm water management perspective and beautiful.
19Twenty: The original plant palette for this new terrace was understated and overrun with weeds in the first year. We redesigned the space adding an irrigation system, custom planters to create shade and new plants to add texture, colour and variety to the space.
Jane's & EDNA: Small spaces matter in the pedestrian realm. Adding year round planters brings life and colour back to the street.
We love projects where we can enhance and rejuvenate the aesthetics and function of an urban area. Reorganization and renewal can positively affect economic, cultural and social wellbeing in any community, and we get excited by the possibilities.
Brunswick Street: We led the Site Plan Approval process and supervised landscape construction to create a dramatic change to this 1960’s concrete jungle. We partnered with HOK Architecture to knock down concrete walls, create shop fronts and revitalize the neglected streetscape.
Spring Garden: Replacement of a waterproof membrane led to a complete renewal to the base of this 1970’s apartment tower. We developed a new plan to convert old tennis courts to community gardens and created age-friendly paths and seating areas. The project includes a dog run, edible plant garden, pool lounge area, gazebos, new lighting and a two-tiered terrace on the sunny side of the building.
The restoration of natural habitat is important for all of us, and it's something we take very seriously. With extensive research and careful consideration, we create plans that help ecosystems rejuvenate and natural habitats thrive.
Wetland Compensation: We work with the NS Department of Environment and our Clients to prepared wetland restoration plans. We lay the groundwork then step back and let Mother Nature restore the sites to fully functioning ecosystem.
Bioswales are landscape elements designed to remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water.
Rain Gardens use plants to absorb rain water runoff from roofs, driveways, walkways and parking lots.
Our residential projects are beautiful and designed to last.
We integrate the built and the natural environment using a mix of the best materials and suitable plants. We design custom furniture, water features, shade and privacy structures and allow flexibility for the landscape to mature gracefully over time.
We are passionate about active living, and improving the health and well being of Canadians. Through inspired community design and by promoting a culture of outdoor activity, our designs encourage fitness and fun for all ages to enjoy.
We’ve developed a concept similar to the harbour baths in Copenhagen, where residents swim in invigorating, cold-water all year long. The Halifax version includes a dynamic children’s area, lounge deck, change rooms and sauna.
Any chance we get, we include trails, fitness equipment and urban design elements that encourage active living.
Visualization & Model Building
Models help us understand how to build and integrate design elements. We create renderings, 3D drawings, scale models and prototypes to help with project visualization.