Adapting Mid-Century Landscapes as Active, Functional Outdoor Classrooms
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DETAILS

LocationLong Beach, California, United States
ClientCSU Long Beach
Size40,700 sf

CSU Long Beach is in the process of a series of major renovations as its mid-century buildings fall short in terms of capacity and technology. The Peterson Hall project extends the classroom experience to the outdoors, while also adding much-needed sustainability updates to the landscape. Terraced seating of composite wood invites students to lounge while awaiting the commencement of their class schedule or the arrival of companions. Outdoor “rooms,” enclosed by planting, feature movable tables, chairs, as well as modular benches. The planting palette emphasizes hardy native plants that thrive in both wet and dry conditions, while bioswales support the university’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. Designed to please the eye even when not in full use, the landscape’s seasonal features offer an ever-changing, enriching experience for both faculty and students.

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