Buena Vista Garden

Buena Vista, California

2011

The garden transforms a a leftover space between a tall house and steep slope on Buena Vista Hill into a landscaped plant-lined gathering space with seating and a small fountain.

The existing space consisted of a small patio and series of poorly places retaining walls. Two curved walls are preserved and reconfigured into a wide amphitheater-like seating area. A set of horizontal steel planters conform to the curve of the long existing wall, drawing the eye across the garden. The matte steel finish provides a muted reflection of greens that is constantly changing the position of the sun.

Plants were chosen for their drought tolerant qualities and variety of colors and shades.