Children's Garden

San Francisco, CA, 2002

This garden was designed as an active place for the client’s four small children to play. The design offers visual interest and creates usable spaces by carving out of the existing hillside. Cor-ten steel, woven willow panels and lawn form sculpted terraces. When viewed from above, these elements produce a graphic composition, becoming tactile and dimensional when experienced at ground level. 

With constrained site access, a curtailed time frame and limited budget, this project expresses how restrictions can often catalyze a design. All materials had to be hand-carried through the existing building, and the grading—by hand—minimized.

photography: Holly Stewart