Center for Women & Families Courtyard

Louisville, Kentucky


Center for Women & Families

Project Type
Landscape Architecture

Paris Slapikas
(502) 581-7278


The Center for Women & Families sought to transform their courtyard into a restorative and playful space for the residents of their shelter. Through our understanding of the project context, BDC developed three goals: create a welcoming and rejuvenating space that safely accommodates active play, social interaction and healing for women and children; use plant varieties that can withstand active play while featuring edible and native varieties that require clients’ care; and provide color and excitement by using sculptural elements to activate the garden and create a bright, tranquil and memorable space.

Though the courtyard space is relatively small, areas were designed for mothers to congregate, children to play and people to gather. A ribbon like tricycle path winds its way through the courtyard, providing an active play element. Tending flowers and harvesting edible plants are a focus which brings healing to those who care for them.