WDLA was chosen as the landscape architect for the Gateway Center Mall expansion in 2014. The Gateway Center North 610,000 square foot expansion added 35 new retail stores and restaurants including landscape courtyards and gardens creating a unique shopping experience.
Designed to provide shoppers with an initial glimpse into the lush courtyards and gardens within the mall, The Gateway Center Mall’s parking has densely planted islands with trees, seashore type shrubs and grasses that serve to dissipate heat island concerns and capture storm water.
The town center and plaza courtyard is a welcoming landscape of trees, raised planters, various types of custom designed seating opportunities, distinctive lighting and decorative paving.
Connecting Gateway Center Phase II and the original Gateway Phase I is a distinctive raised curvilinear wood boardwalk of varying widths and sculptural fence that weaves through and above the rain garden. The tiered rain garden is planted with a variety of trees, shrubs, grasses and herbaceous perennials that are functional and aesthetically pleasing. It is a beautiful surprise that is unveiled after passing under the clock tower that often has shoppers standing along the edge and taking in the unique combination of plants set in spiraling concrete and stone-lined beds arcing around, through and under the boardwalk.
This LEED Silver Certified expansion has created a unique shopping experience that draws residents from all of Brooklyn. A living testament that shopping centers can be beautiful and sustainable.