Design: Residential, Single Family Home
Palo Alto Residence
Palo Alto, CA
Lead Designer: Stefan Thuilot
Associates: Alan Dixon, Nathan Pepple and Kimberly Yeo
This elegant, tranquil garden emerged out of strict design constraints. The layout of the garden and house is based on the Fibonacci spiral, which also became the backbone of the landscape. The garden, featuring a controlled palette and a limited amount of materials, provides a calm counterpoint to the dense and complex volumes of the residence while facilitating mixed needs for outdoor entertaining. The muted color palette of green and red tones maintains the contemplative mood, warming the silvery steel elements and sand-colored paving areas throughout the garden. A grey water system reduces overall water use, and unique pervious paving allows water to filter directly into the ground. Throughout, paved surfaces are minimized. This easily maintained garden hosts multiple uses throughout the day and night, year round, within an overall experience of a tranquil retreat. Out of strict limitations this design met the challenge of creating a graceful, harmonious space.