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MYRIAD GARDENS

Oklahoma City, OK

Engineer: endrestudio
Landscape Architect: The Office of James Burnett

Myriad Gardens is a 15-acre park in downtown Oklahoma City that was revitalized by the Office of James Burnett Landscape Architects. Endrestudio provided design for elements throughout the park, including a trellis, a shade structure, light towers and a story telling deck for the children’s park. Visitors to the park are greeted by an eight-foot arched trellis structure made from a curving steel lattice that embraces gothic architecture and the movement of aquatic creatures. The structure provides a frame for vegetation, creating a twenty-foot-long arbor that serves as a dramatic gateway to the park. The Seasonal Plaza’s elegant shade structure is comprised of wood trellis members strung along a suspension cable that spans between steel box-section supports. Overall, the shade structure is nine feet tall by sixty feet long, with twelve-foot bays. The sunshade will be a permanent fixture amidst the changing uses of the Seasonal Plaza. The Story Telling deck is a twenty-five foot diameter raised steel frame softened with wood decking and seating areas. A mesh-enclosed spiral staircase leads up eight feet to the Crow’s Nest, a 14-foot diameter perch overlooking the Children’s Garden. On the deck below, two rows of semi-circular bench seating focus children’s attention on the Crow’s Nest, which doubles as both a storytelling podium for group sessions and a recreational structure for free play.