“In-between spaces are overlooked and undervalued but hold such potential,” says Vice President of Design and Marketing Kirt Martin. “Upfit gives landscape architects tools for helping to look at these spaces with fresh eyes and create places with purpose and value at a lower cost than indoor real estate. Upfit can become an outdoor classroom, corporate meeting space, contemplation space, or social gathering hub.”
The tools to design a structure with the amenities, comfort, and function a project requires include a simple post-and-beam structure, a louvered roof with weather management capabilities, power, and lighting options. The structure can be specified in seven powdercoat colors to create a look that suits the project and site. Panels divide space, create boundary, and provide functionality. Louvered panels angle to shade interiors; slatted panels provide semi-private outer and interior division; glass panels in several colors also act as markerboards; and green panels with wire screens create plant walls on the exterior and interior. Attaching peninsula and inline tables support individual and group activities. An attaching bike rack is also available. Third-party accessories such as fans, lights, and flat-screen monitors can be added to powered structures. Upfit’s louvered roof system can be operated manually or with a motorized system delivered using a switch, remote control, or smart device app.
Upfit can be embedded, surface-mounted, and connected to buildings at the ground or rooftop. It is structurally engineered to be compatible with a site and includes project management and installation services. Upfit is scalable, giving landscape architects the ability to create a simple single unit or a fully powered, lit, and furnished multi-unit structure. Landscape Forms’ offering of site furniture can further outfit the Upfit structure to its purpose.
“As humans, we are drawn to the outdoors. Upfit transforms unused outdoor spaces into the kind of relevant, purposeful, and enjoyable places we are drawn to,” says Martin.
About Landscape Forms
Landscape Forms is the industry leader in integrated collections of high-design site furniture and advanced LED lighting. Since its founding in 1969 Landscape Forms has earned a reputation for excellent design, high quality products and exceptional service. The Landscape Forms U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan with sales representatives throughout North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Asia. Landscape Forms collaborates with renowned industrial designers and consultancies, landscape architects, and architects to design and develop integrated collections of products that address emerging needs and help create a sense of place. Additionally, the company has formed global marketing partnerships with select companies that share its commitment to design. Landscape Forms has an installed base of products around the world. Clients include municipalities, transit centers, corporate, college and health care campuses, sites such as Orange County Great Park; and familiar brand leaders such as Boeing, Cisco Systems, Disney, Sprint, American Airlines, Herman Miller, and Nike.
About KEM Studio
KEM STUDIO was founded in 2004 by Jonathon Kemnitzer and Brad Satterwhite. The partners graduated from the University of Kansas, Jonathon with a degree in industrial design and Brad in architecture. After working in industrial design and architecture firms, the men met and created a studio based on “better design better living,” a philosophy that merged industrial design and architecture to approach projects more holistically. KEM STUDIO works with a variety of clients on diverse projects, from concepts with Airstream; residential, commercial and cultural architecture with public and private entities; and speakers and amplifiers for Martin Logan to furniture for Herman Miller; kayak helmets for Shred Ready; whiteboards for Ghent; and corporate spaces for Adobe. The firm has received numerous awards, including Good Design awards for product and architectural design, Best of NeoCon award, HiP honors, IDEA awards, and AIA awards. KEM STUDIO is based in Kansas City, Missouri.