Given the history of the McNab family on the property the McNab tartan was explored for its value in pattern making and spatial quality.
By overlaying the landscape with the tartan pattern a new landscape structure emerges. A legibility and variety develops across the landscape that would otherwise be absent. The pattern erases boundary lines between landscape types and establishes a connection between one landscape type/program and another i.e. the drainage corridor is able to be read in conjunction with other open space elements, flowing into the urban park of recreational fields.
The Master Plan successfully integrates the various Large Neighborhood Activity Centre uses and programs by removing the edges of the various zonings, creating a flow across the site. This flow is both directional and rhythmical, influencing space and form, drawing its strength from the McNab tartan. The application of the strategy provide a visual language which, when applied across the site, gives the development of Lochaven its distinctive identity while simultaneously referencing historical connections with its past.
Through master plan’s narrative a new approach to the landscape plan has evolved, where the various program and plan elements find their way into the master plan at varying scales, expressing a rhythmical and grounded design