Bollards balance the character and theme of building exteriors with surrounding pathways and landscapes. They are functional and decorative—providing clear barriers while enhancing outdoor aesthetics. Use bollards to complement artistic compositions in integrated urban and green spaces.
Key design applications
Buildings exist within the broad fabric of their surrounding community, and should complement the design of neighboring areas. Semi-public spaces invite social interaction with open spaces and clear visual cues.
Separation and cohesion: Bollards introduce and reinforce strong lines to create appropriate flow and separation within a given space, helping establish conscious order and harmony. To emphasize divisions, bollards can be connected with highlighting chains.
Sense of place: Bollards establish a meaningful sense of place along pathways and outdoor spaces around buildings, in parks and in other community spaces. When used well, decorative site furnishings carry cultural building or landscape designs into surrounding areas, creating greater presence and cohesion.
Natural transitions: Bollards create economy of space in managing flow between areas of differing use—particularly between vehicles and pedestrians. Bollards also establish non-intrusive barriers where fences or walls may limit visibility and/or pedestrian flow.
Proper bollard installations contribute to safe, attractive and functional outdoor environments for the benefit of community residents and visitors. Well-organized landscapes ensure minimal conflict among users and provide attractive designs to reinforce broader objectives for the surrounding neighborhood.
Traffic management and pedestrian safety: Bollards reinforce natural transitions between vehicle and pedestrian areas, increasing safety and reducing conflict between different modes of transportation. Bollards complement other traffic management strategies to direct drivers and prevent access to restricted areas. They create strong visual barriers and can be installed to provide high-impact protection against vehicles. Proper management and safety is especially important in areas such as parking lots, public transportation hubs, pathways and building entrances where different modes of transportation exist.
Controlled access and accommodation: Many urban environments, commercial offices and industrial facilities require bollards that can be removed, retracted or folded down. Changeable access bollards are ideal for service, delivery or emergency roads, where occasional access may be required. Customizable mountings are available for all types of bollards to suit new or existing design.
Lighting: Light bollards provide ideal enhancements for outdoor landscape designs. They ensure visibility along pathways and surrounding parking lots during dark and low-light conditions. Solar-powered energy management systems ensure bollards produce the best illumination possible while preserving battery life during dark and cloudy months.
Bike bollards: Bike bollards support healthy and environmentally friendly lifestyles in local communities while increasing parking capacity for high-traffic locations.
Where to install landscape bollards
Bollards can be used in any outdoor landscape:
College and university campuses
Commercial/industrial offices and facilities
Multi-family residential buildings (apartments and townhomes)
Parks, cemeteries and community pathways
Stadiums, arenas and other recreation areas
Streets and parking lots
Buildings and landscapes should be designed not just for decoration and functionality, but also for long-term use with minimal maintenance. Bollards should be made from top-quality materials to ensure minimal wear and corrosion—to keep them looking their best for years to come.