Seferian Design Group – Landscape Architects, won two DNA Paris Design awards this week.
The first award was for a residential project in Simcoe called Simcoe Sophistication which won in the Landscape Design/ Private Gardens category. The second award was for the Cayuga Grand Vista Trail in Cayuga, ON, in the Landscape Design/Parks & Public spaces, Educational, Community & Recreation Facilities category.
The DNA Paris Design Awards is an accolade honouring the work of international architects and designers, who improve our daily lives through practical, beautiful and innovative design. The winners were announced on Victoria Day, May 18, 2020.
Simcoe Sophistication is a historical estate from the 19th century that required a complete re-design. Careful consideration of existing site features and proper planning to include new features put the design process to the test. The site is very flat and therefore, drainage became one of the most important issues. The final product was a result of a year and a half of design followed by three years of construction. The site was quite open to the surrounding neighbours and creating privacy was the number one request. Large caliper trees were spaded into place and now, no neighbouring homes can be seen.
The Cayuga Grand Vista Trail is a 1.2 km trail that has reclaimed the CN Rail bridge across the Grand River as a community amenity that promotes health and wellbeing, connection to nature and understanding of local history. The Cayuga Bridge builds on its social value through unique design excellence. It is designed to meet CSA S6-14, the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code, and is fully AODA accessible. Two cantilevered viewing platforms have been constructed along the bridge’s length, oriented to the curve of the river and supplied with surface-mounted benches that offer a place to stop, rest and view the beautiful Grand River.
Seferian Design Group is a leading Burlington-based Landscape Architectural Design firm with decades of experience in the public/private sector, planning/design across Canada, the U.S. and internationally. We work collaboratively with our clients, and with a wide range of specialists and collateral professions to create innovative, imaginative places that incorporate both social and environmental well being.