2010 - 2016
Nomad Studio is a design office committed to innovative landscape architecture, planning, art and urban design. Its work explores the interaction between art and landscape and its influence on society and environment Nomad Studio is an internationally awarded full service design and Landscape Architecture Firm. The studio prides itself as a boutique Landscape Architecture firm with a focus in excellence. Nomad Studio intentionally maintain a small studio footprint supported by a diverse international group of professionals in order to provide flexibility, optimize communication and maximize awareness of our clientsâ€™ needs. In this manner, and by tailoring a specific team of professionals per project, they are able to address and accomplish a broad range of project types and scales. The studio was founded circa 2010 in New Orleans, LA by Landscape Architects William Roberts (United States)and Laura SantĂn (Spain). Since 2012 is based in New York, NY. Nomad is currently considered to be a promising studio with a clear tendency to becoming an international benchmark in the world of landscape architecture.
Green Varnish. St. Louis CAM Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
type: Landscape Installation year: May - September 2015
size: 1,200 sq. ft. award: Architectâ€™s Newspaper Best of Design Awards 2015 - Installation
Architect’s Newspaper “A vibrant green fabric, composed of 16 varieties of nearly 6,000 individual specimens of sedum, elegantly floated over the floor of the museum’s courtyard”
St. Louis Magazine “Comparisons to Joe by Richard Serra, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation’s permanent work housed in the courtyard shared by the two institutions, are almost inevitable. Both are monumental, architectural works that exploit the possibilities of space with art and sensory experiences”
Art Daily â€œGreen Varnish represents an entirely new type of exhibition for CAMâ€”one in which landscape architects are chosen to organize a living installation. Green Varnish is an undulating yet modulated field of flowers comprising some ten thousand native and exotic plants in a white, green, and yellow color palette.â€?
Green Varnish. Green Varnish explores the necessity of hiding inconvenient realities with polite beauty. A green fabric elegantly covers all the inopportune facts On view from spring to fall of 2015 at the Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis, Green Varnish is a site-specific installation that completely modifies and alters the space of its courtyard. The installation occupies the space; the object creates a space. A spectacular green fabric, composed of sixteen varieties of nearly 6,000 individual specimens of sedum, elegantly floats over the floor of the museumâ€™s court. This hovering botanical blanket lifts at two of its corners to reveal a fan of tawny poplar boards. The result is a dramatic living sculpture that feels both monumental and weightless. The organic lines of the installation provoke the defined concrete volumes of the adjacent buildings, which answer back, altering its appearance throughout the day using an ever-changing sunlight and shadow sequence. Green Varnish explores the necessity of hiding inconvenient realities with politically correct beauty: we live in denial within vanishing landscapes.
Green air. St. Louis CAM Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
type: Landscape Installation year: May - September 2016 size: 1,200 square feet
Landscape Architect’s Network “Green Air will occupy the same 200 sq. meter courtyard, but will be the opposite of a floating green carpet. Instead, it will be a hanging garden made out of the same wood from Green Varnish with hanging air plants like Tillandsia, creating a different spatial experience altogether”
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Green air. This is the second installation of a play in two acts by Nomad Studio at the Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis. Green Air creates a dialogue with Green Varnish in form, material, time and space Green Air is the second major, transformational installation in CAM’s courtyard. Consisting of thousands of slices of wood suspended from the courtyard’s canopy with Tillandsia air plants such as Spanish moss attached to each, the undulating sculpture hangs above the heads of visitors, swaying in the breeze and filling the 45’ x 50’ space. Headed by William E. Roberts and Laura Santín, landscape architecture firm Nomad Studio is known for combining contemporary art and design with natural elements. Green Air is the second work in a two-year commission made possible by an Innovation Fund grant by the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission and follows Nomad’s previous installation, Green Varnish (on view in the Museum’s courtyard May–September 2015). The new work re-uses the wood that formed the armature of the original sculpture.
Culture Stock. Bilbao Bilbao JardĂn International Urban Garden Festival Spain
type: Landscape Installation year: 2011
size: 1/2 hectare award: Finalist / Selected Installation
Cultural Stock. Bilbao Jardín Urban Garden. “Cultural Stock” reflects on the history, geography and culture of Bilbao, as a background of the cities recent transformation. Bilbao has managed to rearrange its pieces as very few others have. A sophisticated city has emerged from the industrial and commercial ashes that gave it prestige.
Pink Labyrinth. Chaumont-sur-Loire, France International Garden Festival
type: Landscape Installation year: 2015 size: 200 sq. meters
Labyrinth en rose. Take a break, and enjoy the magnificent flower walls of this Labyrinth en Rose where time is bent and past, present and future coexist The twenty-first century is taking us into the future at a high speed. We do not have time to be waiting, we want the future to be the present! We are voraciously consuming time and digesting it into the past. Take a break, and enjoy the magnificent flower walls of this Labyrinth en Rose where time is bent and past, present and future coexist. This garden takes the footprint of a vernacular gardenâ€™s feature, the labyrinth, and translates it into twenty-first century vocabulary utilizing green wall technology. The configuration of this maze is based in two offsets of the existing hedge with the intention of integrating this green wall seamlessly as a part of the garden. The offsets create a set of pink walls that delineate the corridors of the labyrinth where the visitors are welcomed to wonder in the spectacular pink atmosphere. The pink walls are vertical plate bande de fleurs. These upright flower beds are heavily planted with annuals that bloom in shades of pink and white.
Flock. New York City of Dreams Pavilion Governors Island
type: Pavilion Installation year: 2015 size: 65’ ft. x 30’ ft.
1 canopy 2 wooden skeleton 3 gathering space
4 flock plane 3 4 2
Flock. City of Dreams Pavilion. A flock of hangers swarming upwards generates the two plains that define the space for this pavilion. Thousands of re-purposed hangers are assembled in pyramidal modules to create the light envelope for the pavilion.This metallic mesh reveals the silhouette of the wooden core contained within the two plains. The contradiction in visual weight and materials aims to make visible the tension between heavy and light in terms of our relation with natural systems, in this particular case, within the urban context. Our settlements are meant to be permanent within an impermanent context. They are reductionist and rigid enterprises nested within an ever-changing, complex and interconnected flexible network. Currently, NYC is the worldâ€™s most progressive space of dialogue. However, its built environment does not answer in return. Avantgarde people and ideas swarm graciously around the rigid urban canvas. We envision the future NYC as a reformulated urban landscape where a flexible and adaptable infrastructure surrounds its cultural treasure: that open and diverse space of dialogue created spontaneously by people. We believe that in the future, the City will be the first to reflect a new paradigm in the collective intelligence, where we understand our societies as temporary light living structures supported by a collaborative effort, and plug seamless to the natural systems.
Orange Secret Quebec, Canada Jardin de MĂŠtis - international garden competition Reford Gardens 15th Edition
type: Landscape Installation year: 2014
size: 200 square meters award: Selected Garden, Peoples Choice 2014
Orange Secret. Orange Secret plays with the perception and the way we respond around enclosed spaces. Look through the keyhole and allow the orange to seduce you! Orange Secret plays with the perception and the way we respond around enclosed areas. It explores the orange dimension of the garden by isolating this visual characteristic from numerous stimuli that complete the perception through our senses. The secret aspect of the garden urges on visitorâ€™s curiosity to unveil the promising views of orange from different perspectives. Light and point of view will collaborate with the different shades of oranges to unseal infinite experiences tighten up to the exoticism still associated with the color in the collective subconscious.
Architectural Digest â€œNew York landscape design firm, uses color to engage and seduce the viewer in Orange Secret The result is striking, playing with our reaction to enclosed spaces and the sensory effects that a single color can have on our emotions.â€?
Water Dialogues. Des Moines Parkitecture International Ideas Competition Iowa
type: Landscape Master Plan year: 2011
size: 1,600 acres award: Short listed / Finalist Firm
Water Dialogues. We understand the park as the preamble of a long conversation in between Des Moines and the Raccoon River to rethink our relationship with nature through water. By means of 13 metaphoric dialogues, Water Works Park will spark the interest of the community to grow understanding about our role as a part of a system of systems. The Water Dialogues are interactive and contemplative landscapes that frame different aspects of the water cycle to inspire the community to restore the links with nature. The circle is an inherent and recurrent aspect of the human footprint in productive landscapes. The Water Dialogues use circles as its main language to highlight the permanent changing character and complexity of natural systems and our constant failure to comprehend this aspect. Our trend to simplified and control nature needs to evolve into an adaptive and complex response within the shortest time frame possible.
infiltration ponds wwp
‘work with the natural systems’
Inspiration ‘connecting is the beginning’
Interaction ‘floods are inevitable’
410 St Nicholas. New York Coltown Developers Lionel Hampton Development Harlem
type: Multi-family Interior Lobby & Exterior Courtyards year: 2012 - 2015 size: 2.5 acres
410 St. Nicholas. Lionel Hampton - What could the landscape do for 410 St. Nicholas The proposed set of common spaces, rooted in Harlem heritage, creates opportunities to strengthen community cohesion, a stage for art & culture, and a canvas to initiate awareness and education about food, health & green habits. - Create a proud community that cares for the place they call home - Landscapeâ€™s influence in community transformation - Community pride / Harlem Pride - Economical sustainability of landscape maintenance
ALMA East Side. Texas Hunt Development Group Richardson
type: Multi-family Residential / Landscape Master Plan year: 2014 - present size: 25 acres
ALMA East Side. ALMA East Side - Phase 1 Alma is a new type of development for young professionals, where social interaction is encouraged through an array of open spaces that offer an attractive selection of amenities and opportunity for leisure.
Impressions. Washington D.C. Peace Corps Commemorative Space International Competition
type: International Design Competition year: 2015 size: 1.5 acres
Impressions. Peace Corps commemorative space There are lines circumscribing our imagination, inherited drawings that define and divide us. We are born into this, within a tangled mess of lineages and charts, a geometry of evolving symbols that become borders inside and around us, including or excluding our dreams. The United States was born to erase those lines, and provide a common ground where free people can live and thrive as equals peacefully. The Peace Corps is driven by this ideal and this space celebrates its mission of providing people the opportunity to move through the lines that separate us to imprint a better world. The space has been modeled inspired by the lasting impressions of both the experiences of the volunteers and the people they interact with. Together they move forward overcoming the inherited lines. This impression is subtly embossed into a leveled ground where lines transform into impermanent walls of water that we are able to interact with and pass through.
410 Entry Desk. New York Coltown Developers Lionel Hampton Development Harlem
type: Product Design year: 2013 size: 9.5â€™ ft. x 3.5â€™ ft.
410 Entry Desk. Lionel Hampton The proposed set of common spaces, rooted in Harlem heritage, creates opportunities to strengthen community cohesion, a stage for art & culture, and a canvas to initiate awareness and education about food, health & green habits.
Bone Bench. New Orleans Green Project Salvations Design Competition
type: Product Design year: 2011
size: 7’ ft. x 1.5’ ft. award: Best in show - Salvations 2012
Bone Bench. Salvations - Green Project Fabricated from plywood gathered from construction debris destined for a New Orleans landfill, the bench re-uses 24 slices of plywood, laminated together, sanded smooth and lightly finished. The piece functions as a bench for seating or as a chaise lounge when inverted
NorthPark Center. Dallas NorthPark Management Interior Exterior Landscape
type: Planting Design / Interior Scape year: 2013 - present
size: 64 acres award: Interiorscape - 2008 Grand Award International Council of Shopping Centers - 2007 Merit Award for Renovation or Expansion of an Existing Project
Dallas Morning News “It’s really important to who we are to have art and landscaping. You’ll never see fake rubber foliage here. NorthPark is a midcenturymodern space in Texas, so the small cacti are alive and in full bloom with brilliant pink and orange flowers”
Dallas Morning News “In the horticulture world, NorthPark’s respect for plants is legendary.”
NorthPark Center. NorthPark Center is a respite from the suburban uniformity of Dallas. It is a place where fashion, art, design, and people merge in perfect sync The landscape is a unique part of this experience with an intense seasonal program that transforms the Center throughout the year constantly intriguing and surprising mall patrons and visitors. In collaboration with Judy Cunningham - Grid Simple
We work to create unique memorable experiences and spaces that foster a connection with the landscape
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