DHM Design is excited by the award of three American Society of Landscape Architects Colorado’s professional design awards. The awards recognize superior and outstanding accomplishments by Colorado and Wyoming landscape architects during 2014. DHM received two Honor Awards and one Merit Award.
Honor Award: Sun Valley Riverfront Park – Denver, CO
The landscape architect worked to achieve the goals at two scales: the neighborhood scale, informed by community input; and the city scale, in coordination with the River Vision Implementation Plan. This park was transformed with ecological and habitat improvements, through wetland creation, native plant establishment, and backwater areas. Improved river access and visibility was achieved by opening the floodplain and the river bank. Recreation opportunities were integrated through an improved and updated regional trail section, custom bridge, concrete jetties, and a traditional neighborhood park outside of the floodplain.
Merit Award: True Nature Healing Arts – Carbondale, CO
True Nature Healing Arts (TNHA) garden is a peaceful sanctuary, free and open to the public from dawn to dusk. The therapeutic environment incorporates several healing modalities, including a labyrinth, reflexology path, outdoor yoga space, outdoor massage area, and contemplative gardens. The movement between gardens and building is completely integrated and activity moves seamlessly from one area to the next. Designed to inspire, each element is carefully conceived and shaped to support the healing work undertaken at the yoga studio and spa. The design celebrates the connection between land and spirit, touching upon elements of social, personal, and cultural significance for each visitor as they experience this space.
Honor Award: Carbondale Library – Carbondale, CO
The landscape architect worked with the Garfield County Library District and the consultant team to design the site for the new library in the Town of Carbondale. Libraries are inherently civic spaces and it was the intention of the design team to embody that spirit from conceptual design to project completion. Located three blocks from Main Street en route to the newly completed non-profit Third Street Center, the library serves as an important connection between these two cultural hubs. An outdoor sculpture garden, courtyard, living walls, and a reading porch with views of Mt. Sopris activate adjacent street corridors and extend the activities of library users beyond its walls.