VF Outdoor Campus
April Philips Design Works, Inc.
Lead designer/Landscape Architect: April Philips
Client: srmERNST Development Group
VF Outdoor is home to some of the company’s leading brands like The North Face, JanSport and lucy. Their new LEED Platinum headquarters on the Alameda waterfront is a fifteen acre campus that embodies the company’s commitment to their community, culture and the environment. The vision creates a campus integrated with the company’s global environmental values of exploration and stewardship of the earth. The landscape architects balanced sustainable strategies while providing for a healthy lifestyle environment. The landscape fosters interaction among people and the land while heightening the appreciation of the shoreline setting. Key landscape elements include a solar farm, wind harvesting, coastal habitat meadows, a community lawn, workspace and contemplative decks, trails, and a salad farm providing fresh produce for the wellness cafeteria. At VF the outdoors is brought indoors and the indoors is brought outdoors. The unifying factor across landscape, buildings, and brands is the overarching message of outdoor exploration.