Published in Landscapes/Paysages, Issue Summer 2001 Vol. 3/ No.1. Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
Initiated by a hospital’s need to create a multi-storey parking structure adjacent to a remnant stand of Garry Oak * (Quercus garryana), the landscape priority was to ensure retention of as many trees as possible while improving the quality of the landscape both as Garry Oak habitat and as a therapeutic garden for long-term care patients.
Memorial Parkade and Therapeutic Garden, Royal Jubilee Hospital, Saanich, British Columbia, Canada
Published in Sitelines Magazine Issue 2001, British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects
One would not normally expect a parking structure to provide a worthwhile landscape and community contribution. Many of these structures represent architecture at its most functional with an associated landscape treatment doing its best to mask the unmistakable purpose and bulk of the building. When the Capital Health Region determined the need for a multi-storey parking structure within the Royal Jubilee Hospital campus in Saanich, British Columbia, the pressing need to expand accommodation for cars was certainly the prime consideration.