Arbolope Studio is an award-winning landscape architecture and urban design firm based in St. Louis, Missouri ( MO ), USA

St. Ferdinand Homes II Landscape

St. Louis, MO

Northside Community Housing

Rise Community Development


St. Louis Design Alliance


Landscape Architecture
Urban Design
Streetscape Design
Sustainable Storm-Water Management
Grant Application Support


2019 Honor Award, ASLA St. Louis

MSD Project Clear Grant Recipient

About the Project

The St. Ferdinand Homes II project will bring high-quality, well-maintained and affordable housing to the Historic Greater Ville Neighborhood with 43 mixed-income, new and rehabbed units in 12 structures. The Landscape complements the project vision and neighborhood revitalization efforts with a thoughtful, high-quality, clearly legible, low-maintenance, biodiversity forward and sustainability minded design.

Rather than approaching each building landscape and open space individually, the design uses strong arrangements of ornamental trees, shrubs and groundcovers to create a bold, district-long, unifying gesture meant to serve as a community-building point of pride for SFH II residents and neighborhoods.

The gesture continues into“Triangle Park”, an attractive district anchor and passive-use landscape. The park design includes: sculpted topography (using excess development fill) to create a highly visible, dynamic and layered landscape; angular walking paths that create a light exercise circuit and park cut-through; bright mural walls and new public art program; salvaged materials creatively used as stepping stones, weirs and boulders; swales and a large rain garden to collect park and district stormwater; distinct tree groupings that line pathways or create visual accents; and large, monolithic beds of native and/or adapted plants that reinforce the park’s geometry. While the landscape is designed for multi-season interest, it is intended to be particularly vibrant in the fall.