It was Thanksgiving weekend, and my daughter was happily playing in the Palm Beach Zoo splash pad – not something you’d expect for a fall holiday, but this was South Florida, after all. As I watched her and a few others weave in and out of the spouts, I took in my surroundings. I had been employed at an architecture firm for a couple of years by then, and I found myself doing that a lot – looking up, looking around. Working alongside architects every day made me see the world differently – the way an architect might.
So, the splash pad. It was in the mid-80s and yet I didn’t feel hot. I looked around and noticed the benches that circled the splash pad, all tucked underneath a canopy of palm trees. As a mom, I appreciated that no matter where you sat, you had a clear view of the splash pad (and, most importantly, your child). As someone who was slowly understanding the level of detail that goes into designing something like this, I knew it was no accident.
One of the principals at Hoy + Stark Architects, Pat Hoy, likes to say that architects make the world a better place. As I sat in the shade, nursing a six-month-old and watching my five-year-old play in the sun, I felt the gravity of his words. Every part of the project, from the shape of the area to the specific materials used, was thoughtfully designed with the end users in mind. It was, simply put, designed to make my experience better.
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