Design: Historic Preservation
1101 Embarcadero Road/Headquarters of Eichler Homes 1957-1967
Palo Alto, CA
Vallier Design Associates, Inc.
Principal Landscape Architect: JC Miller
Project Manager: Nick Burke
Client: Peery Partners
Constructed in 1957, the Eichler Homes headquarters in Palo Alto, California boasted a dynamic design by modernist architect, A. Quincy Jones, and distinguished landscape architect, Robert Royston. By 2012, however, the property had fallen into disrepair. As an important local historic landmark symbolic of postwar California modernism, the rehabilitation of the landscape required a delicate balance between respect for the original design, contemporary environmental concerns, and input from the new owner, city staff, and community stakeholders including architectural preservationists and Eichler enthusiasts.
The project began with research at UC Berkeley where discovery of concept sketches by Royston informed and inspired the landscape rehabilitation. The final design, completed in 2014, features low water use plantings; reduced lawn size; smart irrigation; distinctive original patio paving supplemented with new permeable pavers; and wood and glass screens rebuilt to original specifications with new low voltage LED lighting that illuminates the property after dark.