We began with the walls of the building. A steel framework surrounds parts of the exterior and stretches up all four stories. On that framework, Virginia and trumpet creepers, climbing roses, and honeysuckle are scaffolded to create a living wall. The brickwork extends around each window, providing space for native plants like bee balm, butterfly weed, foxglove, and big bluestem grasses to take hold. Over time, these plants will establish themselves across the building's exterior. They'll continuously grow and change. Each season, The Lincoln will feel new and different.
Inside the building, we looked for opportunities to bring in the natural world. The generous windows and high ceilings fill the space with light. Wood and marble finishes are woven throughout the design, adding to the warmth of the suites. Balconies provide a quiet, private space along the treetops.