750 Second Street
San Francisco, CA
GLS Landscape Architecture
Principal: Gary Strang
Project Team: Gary Strang, Justin Frodesen and Eric Boucher
Client: Gould Evans
The Stormwater Garden at 750 Second Street is located in a formerly industrial neighborhood near San Francisco’s Giants Ballpark. Rainwater from the roof is captured in a glass tiled basin and slowly released, a drop at a time, over a period of days, into basalt vessels converting a brief rainstorm into a seasonal fountain that operates without pumps or chemicals. Paperbark maples combined with native California basalt, cast glass cylinders, tempered glass rails, bush hammered concrete and plate steel walls make a richly textured landscape seen from adjacent units and balconies above.
The water display is active during the wet season and dormant for many months during the dry season. The intent is to show that the California climate has a logic and beauty to be celebrated, and that the period of ‘abstinence’ or dormancy makes the wet season all the more appreciated. Reliance upon power and chemicals to animate California gardens is unnecessary.