The restoration of the Morgan Library’s Landmarked McKim building, led by Beyer Blinder Belle Architecture (BBB), necessitated the upgrades of the entry garden by London-based landscape architecture firm Todd Longstaffe-Gowan (TLG). MPFP was commissioned to lead TLG’s plan from Design Development through Construction Administration, working intensively with local growers and the landscape contractor to detail and open the garden by Spring of 2020. The project was completed in time for the Spring Opening Ceremony of 2021.
The elaborate design features a sarcophagus artifact in a sea of manicured lawn, and well-heads carefully positioned on an imported riverstone carpet, installed piece-by-piece by respected artist, Orazio Porto, flown in from Italy.
The perennial garden palette had also undergone a series of customizations between TLG, MPFP, and the grower until the right palette was developed to thrive in Manhattan’s urban environment. In similar spirit to the library, the landscape holds a collection of peculiar pieces- sculptural, material, spatial - each worthy of conversation and contemplation.
New York, NY
The Morgan Library
Courtyards ; Institutional ; Technical Detailing
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