Located just off Main Street Essex, this courtyard and terrace project serves as a public gathering place and entrance to an art gallery and Pilates studio. Once a neglected back alley, the area is transformed into a welcoming and dynamic public space. As a creative gesture to the art gallery, a carefully crafted custom steel bench, painted lacquer red runs concentric to the granite and river stone paving bands, animating the intimate space.

Rather than viewing the unsightly bulkhead as a constraint, APA rendered it a whimsical art form by painting it red. Bluestone, granite and river stone paving with lush ornamental and native plantings create textural and seasonal interest. The project was enriched by thorough coordination and collaboration with an enthusiastic client, a talented contractor and local craftsmen.


2009 CTASLA Merit Award

Pocket Park
Public