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Oakland Art Deco

An impeccably restored 1930s home in Oakland CA was in desperate need of a renovated garden: a blank canvas for the client/professional botanist to ply his plant craft. A strict set of design parameters; the need to replace structurally compromised retaining walls close to the rear of the house while carving patio-level entertaining room, and the desire to keep all existing trees (maintaining most grade levels), posed a challenging backdrop to the search for the creation of an art deco-esque, formal organizational principle. Concrete planter boxes and urn- landing pads are softened by a gestural and welcoming grand staircase move as one enters the garden. ¬†Peruse Sunset Magazine’s September 2017 feature on the garden here.

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SEPT 2017 SUNSET MAGAZINE
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Everyday Beauty

Architecture is the reaching out for the truth. – Louis Kahn

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Design is a joyous discovery. – Dan Kiley

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Credit

Size:
5000 SF Rear Yard

Completion Date:
Fall 2012

Project Team:
Mary Barensfeld Architecture, Mary Barensfeld

Client:
Chris Groves & Eric Schulz

Contractor:
5 Elements Design

Planting Design by Eric Schulz

Photographer:
Thomas J. Story
Mary Barensfeld

Recognition:
Featured in the following publications.