Saiki Design worked with Eppstein Uhen Architects to design three levels of roof gardens for Ovation 309, an upscale, mixed-use living center in the heart of downtown Madison. In addition, Saiki Design was responsible for ground level site and civil design.
The third floor roof gardens consist of three separate areas all of which are accessible only to maintenance personnel but highly visible from the building’s corridors and the residential units above. Outside the windows of the fitness center, a geometric pattern of planters, decorative pavers and roof ballast weave together to form an interesting viewscape for users. The other two third floor roof gardens feature green roof modules planted with a varying pattern of sedum and penetrated by linear bands of decorative pavers.
The seventh floor roof garden is an active and casual patio designed for small gatherings and events. The garden includes a variety of seating options, an arbor for shade and two grilling stations. Large planters with small trees were strategically placed over building column locations and add a vertical element to the space.
Spectacular views of Lake Mendota and the State Capitol building dominate the outdoor terraces on the thirteenth floor where the main gathering space is defined by custom designed precast concrete planters with integral LED lighting, custom designed benches and planters with integrated trellises.
The project received numerous accolades and recognition, including a Commercial Design Award for “Best New Mix-Use Development” from In Business Magazine.