TSW was hired to develop landscape architectural site plans for Olmsted, a 6-acre mixed-used project in Chamblee, Georgia. The client wanted Olmsted to reflect the quaint characteristics of historic Chamblee buildings, and therefore TSW was tasked with creating a sense of place with a very boutique-like character. The use of community and function-driven spaces led TSW to design three amenity courtyard spaces and a flex plaza.
The various amenity courtyards include a passive shade garden with outdoor dining, fire pit, and string lights, a lively pool courtyard with swinging hammocks and a custom outdoor kitchen, and a linear courtyard with a bold mix of hardscape elements and textured planting palette. These spaces are designed to provide residents and visitors with a variety of outdoor experiences and activities that reflect the unique character and charm of the community.
In addition to being an iconic gathering space, Olmsted is also a certified Green Globes project. During design, TSW specified a naturalized landscape using native trees, shrubs, and groundcover with minimal lawn use. This approach not only creates a beautiful and sustainable environment, but also helps to conserve resources, reduce maintenance costs, and improve the health and biodiversity of the local ecosystem.
68% of the vegetated area is covered with plants that are native and non-invasive, while 93% of the vegetated area is covered with plants that are drought tolerant. This approach helps to conserve water, reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and provide habitat for local wildlife. TSW’s landscape design approach for Olmsted provides a visually appealing, sustainable, and functional outdoor spaces that reflect the unique character and charm of the community.