Altamanu Inc., worked to design an “instant landscape” for the addition to and
renovation of the Warren Newport Public Library. The landscape, functioning in tandem with the
architecture of the library addition, serves to complement the rural
vernacular, prairie environment and historic character of the region.
A newly transplanted 10” caliper Bur Oak is the prominent feature and
focal point of the landscape. It stands above a ground layer of native grasses
and forbs; and reflects the native Illinois oak savanna that once dominated the
region. The Side Oats Grama Grass massed
underneath the oak, interspersed with Dense Blazing Star, add to the simple but
effective savanna-like aesthetic.
A rain garden, adjacent to and visible from the front entry, collects
and infiltrates stormwater from the expansion roof into a bed of decorative
stones and then into an area of native plantings.
The nearby foundation plantings along the southeast side of the
library provide year round interest and stand out in vivid contrast to the
white colored siding of the building.