Courtyard Aerial View
The City is being transformed as new architecture reaches for the sky while framing a new space at ground level, carved within a community fabric.
The natural horizon is shut out and replaced by an internal horizon: the upper edge of its architectural surround.
Inside it, a paradise is depicted.
Impression of Processional Entry from Hayden St.
Compression within the covered passage and descending rampway build drama towards courtyard arrival. Reflections scatter fragments of lush greenery. The cooling precence of water invites the visitor to advance.
Most of the time the plaza can be programmed as dry to allow for events and gatherings.
At special times, the entire plaza can be flooded with a thin film of water to create a water-mirror effect in the courtyard, becoming a contemplative space like no other.
Impression of Courtyard from the Perimeter Pathway
Continuing the processional sequence, the full depth of the water slab is revealed as one descends around its edges. The geometry of the angled building glazing is continued and expressed in the bronze seat wall frame.
Impression Looking Up to the Frame of Sky
Within the inner world of the Courtyard, we confront the full expansiveness of the sky. This vertical link and its apparent endlessness is magic.
Impression of the Water Slab
Mirror to Infinity: The water slab with fog/mist feature.
In the wet planter, a unique and memorable tree, adapted to changing water levels.
Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum: Emblem of the exotic and one of nature’s most intriguing specimens.