Apiary Studio

The work we were hired to complete at 3400 Belgrade exemplifies the values of greening, placemaking, and beautification for which Metropolitan Group, the owner of the site, has come to be known. When Metropolitan purchased the existing apartment building, they did not limit their refurbishing efforts to the interior. We were tasked with maximizing the potential of a stark, chain-linked, turf side yard. The result of the project is a promenade through a lush, native planting of shrubs and perennials that shelter and encourage bird and insect life, run right up to the windowsills of the apartments, capture stormwater runoff, and buffer the garden from traffic. On the far side of the building, we made space for a tenant dog run, and incorporated permanent wooden bench seating throughout. Apiary also renovated the planting beds in the parking lot and hell strips, and added a series of street trees wells to the sidewalks.

SIZE: .4 acre

YEAR: 2020-ongoing

LOCATION: Port Richmond, Philadelphia, PA

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