Baltimore, MD – Mahan Rykiel Associates (MRA), a Baltimore based landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm, is pleased to announce that the firm is the recipient of the Presidential Award from the Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Skyline Plaza, a mixed use rooftop in Frankfurt, Germany, won the Presidential Award, which is given to a “project that stands out, not only in terms of design, but because it has an exceptional story, client, location, or other outstanding quality and truly rises above all the other submissions.” The Four Seasons Baltimore also won a Merit Award. The awards were selected by a jury of peers that included members of the Virginia Chapter of ASLA and will be presented at an awards ceremony at the Cylburn Arboretum Vollmer Center on May 14, 2015. Richard Jones, President of Mahan Rykiel said, “We are thrilled with these awards. It is always satisfying to be acknowledged by your peers for all of our hard work. We have a great team of designers who are continually pushing the envelope to create inspiring and meaningful designs for our clients.”
Skyline Plaza is a 409,000 square foot retail center in the heart of Frankfurt’s new convention center district. Skyline Plaza’s rooftop brings a variety of activities to Frankfurt’s newest shopping destination. Mahan Rykiel was hired to assist ECE Architects with the landscape architecture for the entire roof garden by providing concepts through design development. The rooftop is more than one and a half times the size of a football field and offers something for everyone, from yoga to playgrounds for the kids, and even a vineyard. There are a wealth of possibilities to discover, including a large chess board, table tennis, foosball, petanque (boules) field, putting green and a performance stage for events. Two restaurants offer unparalleled views of downtown Frankfurt and Europa Boulevard.
The concept incorporates a strong axial vocabulary, contrasting the curving, undulating lines of the architecture. A strolling path weaves large spaces for active play with intimate gardens. A broad promenade links the elevator lobby with the restaurant terraces and the play spaces. Irrigation for Skyline Garden is done through rainwater collected in a 70,000-gallon cistern—a third of the capacity of an Olympic swimming pool. Plant selection, irrigation and stormwater management techniques greatly reduce the runoff created by this new urban district, and the project was awarded the gold pre-certificate by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). The MRA design team for this project included Richard Jones PLA, Scott Rykiel, FASLA, Peng Gu, PLA, Saba Hamidi, and Kevin Mokos.
For the Four Seasons Hotel, Mahan Rykiel Associates was tasked with designing the ground level streetscape environment as well as the 4th and 5th floor amenity decks and outdoor spa treatment rooms. The 4th floor pool deck, the heart of the project, features a 120 ft. long pool, fireplace, and multi-use sun deck. Material selections sought to strike a calm balance between the project’s urban context and the natural landscape of the Chesapeake Bay. Counterpart to the pool deck, the 5th floor amenity space features a wet deck, hot tub and cabanas overlooking the pool and Baltimore Harbor beyond. A lush and vibrant landscape dominates the space, providing for a relaxing and contemplative experience for visitors looking to relax in the summer sun and take in the views of Baltimore’s skyline. Richard Jones PLA, Scott Rykiel, FASLA, Peng Gu, PLA, Terry Burns and Brett Manvilla comprised the design team for the Four Seasons.
Release courtesy Cynthia Fraser, Mahan Rykiel Associates