Sensitive, gardenesque landscape integrates a civic center into a residential community
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DETAILS

LocationAtherton, California, United States
ClientWRNS Studio
Size4.5 acres (site); 4 acres (landscape) 0.5 acres (buildings)

The vision for the Atherton Civic Center landscape is a community space set in a peaceful garden, designed to enhance the local ecology and mitigate the urban impacts of the new development. The landscape design integrates new architecture into the wider Atherton community through a strolling garden approach to site circulation. The planting areas are comprised of California native species, selected for site-specific micro-climates and hydrozones. A major component of the landscape design is an extensive tree preservation and enhancement plan to improve the health of the existing canopy of Valley Oaks and heritage cedar trees. In addition, younger specimens will be planted, creating a mixed-age stand to maintain the site’s character long-term as the canopy matures and ages. The under-story gardens boast a wide diversity of species, allowing for a naturalistic palette that can best adapt to the unique site features. In addition to best practices for stormwater management and LID, the design integrates quiet seating opportunities, spaces for informal play, and reading nooks.

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