We’ve been involved in multiple mixed-use developments over the past several years and have come to believe there is a universal truth to these projects – a connection to nature is essential, no matter the location.
It’s not a new notion. Shakespeare wrote of nature and community, “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”
We couldn’t agree more. The experiences that so many mixed-use developers seek to build can happen rather organically. Give people access to sky, green, air, and water and great things can happen.
A stunning example of nature as hero is Glenstone. Glenstone is a privately held art museum in Potomac, Maryland that blends landscape, art, and architecture into a contemplative experience. Visitors park and follow a winding path to newly opened pavilions. The buildings literally open themselves to the manicured hills, trees, grass, and ponds. In a world filled with Instagrammable moments, visitors are encouraged to leave their phones behind. This allows for deeper connection and reflection. (Who doesn’t need a little more of that?) The landscape itself is presented as art and fulfills an innate desire to find our place in the world without disruption, noise, or distraction.
Inside and outside together equal pure inspiration. Then, now, and always.
Image: Jeff Koons’ Split Rocker