Grant Associates to create landscape featuring productive orchards, sports areas and sensory teaching garden

Grant Associates has been chosen to work with a Swiss architect to masterplan the landscape for a modern international school in Switzerland.

GEMS World Academy in Etoy, Switzerland, will offer a multitude of landscapes when it opens this September. Grant Associates will design the landscape masterplan for the 3.7ha site from the initial concept stages through to completion.

"The aim is to deliver a hard working and efficient learning environment that is multi-functional and beautiful, which will allow pupils and teachers freedom of movement, accessibility and inclusion," said a practice spokesman.

The landscape design strategy integrates landscapes for play and education with working landscapes and will include sensory teaching gardens, free-play areas, productive orchard gardens and sports facilities.

"A matrix of wildflower meadows, structured coppice thickets and a naturalised hedgerow also reinterpret the local landscape character of the nearby shores of Lake Geneva to enhance the ecological biodiversity of the site." 

As part of the tree planting on the site, a collection of "World Oaks" is proposed, consisting of different species of oak with origins from around the world to celebrate the international background of GEMS education and its students.

Landscape director Keith French said: "Inspired by the strong lines in the landscape formed by the adjacent field patterns and vineyards, the proposed landscape design is organised around elegant alignments of pleached Lime trees, formal hedgerows and espalier fruit trees."

This latest win for Grant Associates follows the Gardens by the Bay project in Singapore, and successes in last week’s Civic Trust Awards for work including an Olympic Park Velodrome landscape.


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