MNLA MNLA

Water level -1ft. Humidity 91%. liriodendron tulipifera nearby.

Mercer Street Plaza

Sector

Campuses

Service

Landscape Architecture

Client

New York University

Location

New York, NY

Status

Complete

Completion

2010

Site Area

13,000 SF

MNLA was commissioned by New York University to undertake landscape enhancements for four signature venues within its urban campus.

MNLA was the lead designer for a publically accessible plaza located in the heart of the NYU campus. An important open venue for the Greenwich Village/NoHo area as well, the firm worked with NYU and the community during the design process for the 13,000 sf space to develop a scheme that prioritized tree planting. The organization and design of the plaza is in direct response to the need to provide maximum soil volume for the 22 new trees. A strong, seasonal palette of native plants creates a lively ground plane surrounding the benches and informal seating located throughout the upper and lower plaza areas. The site is well integrated with city sidewalks while also providing a slow lane for visitors to experience the growing tree canopy.

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