University of British Columbia
School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architecture IV/V
Teaching Faculty: Fionn Byrne
Design a healing garden for the Virgin Voyages cruise line.
The “healing garden” is a well-established reoccurring type in the field of landscape architecture. From physic gardens to outdoor spaces for healthcare facilities, there is a growing body of literature that describes the effective design of these spaces.
You are asked to design a healing garden for Virgin Voyages first cruise ship, the Scarlet Lady. This garden must be site specific yet should equally consider the development of a new landscape type. Not only is Virgin Voyages building more ships for their fleet, but across the industry the potential for healing gardens on board ships remains unexplored.
Drawing from the robust literature of design precedent completed on land, strategies for integrating a healing garden at sea should be tested in a variety of creative ways. The composition of design elements though, must always answer to the objective of improving overall well-being.