Octane, a rapidly expanding biotech company, occupies a large, currently barren site on Kingston’s outskirts. PLANT is transforming the property into a park-like setting that will provide outdoor space for staff to enjoy, along with much-needed additional parking.
Mounds and hollows previously generated for soil re- mediation were ripe for interpretation. In PLANT’s landscape, canopy trees planted in intersecting grids reference the regular spacing of a managed pine forest or sugar maple bush, as well as the traditional French ‘quincunx’ tree planting system. In place of a managed-forest monoculture, however, these trees are a diverse native species mix. Interplay between the converging grids and the mounded terrain creates engaging views that shift in and out of phase from one vantage point to another. The ground cover and understory are layered to exaggerate mound crest height, while the low areas open up into con- tinuous meadow plantings. The landscape includes a new terrace, walking paths, a looping perimeter trail, and multiple, tree-shaded seating areas.