“An Architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him out to our hills, and let him study there what Nature understands by a butress, and what by a dome.”— john ruskin
June 27 2012 was the official launch of one of the most impressive inner city urban landscapes ever conceived in the City of Calgary. I will venture as far even to claim it is one of the best interior landscapes in the world!
According to information on the City website:
When Devonian Gardens opened in 1977, it was a state-of-the-art facility that attracted international attention. Thirty-four years later, much of the infrastructure had exceeded its 30-year lifecycle, and The City of Calgary Parks is rejuvenating this key downtown attraction.
The owner of the TD Square Retail space and the landlord of Devonian Gardens has changed hands. The new owners, 20 Vic Management Inc. have completed a multi-block renovation to Calgary’s downtown retail mall. Part of this project includes a new skylight, changes in access/egress and a floor opening in the Devonian Gardens. Experience the 10,000 shrubs, 1.5 million pounds of soil and the 210 trees used to re-create this “tropical oasis”.
Only a few times in one’s life does one come across something so spectacular and breathtaking that it can halt the entire motion of life in that person. This would be one of those moments experienced.
The Devonian Gardens is located on the 4th level of the downtown CORE shopping center located at 8th Ave & 4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.