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Exhale

Exhale Public Plaza by Mikyoung Kim is a winner of the 2018 Platinum A' Design Award in Landscape Planning and Garden Design.

Exhale is a Platinum A' Design Award winner, an extremely prestigious recognition granted to truly exceptional, elegant, and magnificent designs.

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Exhale Public Plaza by Mikyoung Kim Platinum Landscape Planning and Garden Design Award Winner 2018

Exhale Public Plaza

Located in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill, the 140 West Urban Plaza is the first project in a larger town masterplan to invigorate this college town with greater pedestrian oriented landscapes. Framed by mixed-use development, this central gathering space offers a much-needed public forum for play. The plaza is anchored by a dynamic sculptural fog fountain that utilizes mist and color to define arterial pedestrian connections and encourage multi-generational engagement. This restorative project celebrates the hydrological cycles of the environment.

Exhale Public Plaza by Mikyoung Kim Platinum Landscape Planning and Garden Design Award Winner 2018
Platinum Landscape Planning and Garden Design Award Winner 2018 Exhale Public Plaza
Exhale designed by Mikyoung Kim
Exhale - Platinum Landscape Planning and Garden Design Award Winner
Mikyoung Kim's Exhale Public Plaza
Platinum Landscape Planning and Garden Design Award Winner 2018 Exhale Public Plaza
Exhale designed by Mikyoung Kim
Exhale - Platinum Landscape Planning and Garden Design Award Winner
Mikyoung Kim's Exhale Public Plaza

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Exhale by Mikyoung Kim

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Landscape Planning and Garden Design Award Winner in 2018.


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Exhale Public Plaza

Exhale is a Platinum A' Design Award winner, an extremely prestigious recognition granted to truly exceptional, elegant, and magnificent designs. Platinum winners are marvels of creation, testaments to the limits of intellectual creativity, and demonstrate the unmatched professionalism and genius of their designers. These designs are expected to be the most renowned works that define the aesthetics of an era, contribute to the well-being of society, and push the boundaries of art, science, design, and technology. Exhale exhibits a transcendent level of excellence and unequivocally makes the world a better place with its advantageous and worthwhile characteristics. Exhale is a Platinum A' Design Award-winning work that triggers desires, inspires, excites, delights, and sparks great joy.


Winner Designer

Mikyoung Kim

Mikyoung Kim

Mikyoung Kim is an award winning international artist and designer whose work brings innovative design ideas to the urban landscape. She is known for culturally significant designs that serve as powerful tools to celebrate the beauty of the collective human experience. The work of MYKD has been highlighted in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. Mikyoung was named as an AD innovator by Architectural Digest and has been awarded with design excellence honors from ASLA, the AIA, the GSA, and IFLA.

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Winner Client

The Town of Chapel Hill and RAM Development

The Town of Chapel Hill and RAM Development

Ram is an affiliated group of companies and partnerships that acquire, develop, manage and finance retail and multifamily properties in the Southeast. The group also selectively provides equity and acquires distressed debt. Since 1996 the Company has deployed in excess of $2.5 billion of capital. Place making requires connecting in a sensitive way to the communities where we build. Occasionally Ram has the opportunity to reshape entire neighborhoods. More frequently Ram deals with infill sites, where they create an environment that is distinctive, but at the same time fits with the neighborhood. Ram takes their commitment to community seriously and encourages their employees to do the same.


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Mikyoung Kim Design

Mikyoung Kim Design’s work is defined by a seasoned understanding of material detailing and a whimsical celebration of the transformative and healing power of the natural world.

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Exhale Public Plaza by Mikyoung Kim Platinum Landscape Planning and Garden Design Award Winner 2018

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