2015 Awards

Design: General

Merit Award

VF Outdoor Campus
Alameda, CA
April Philips Design Works, Inc.
Lead designer/Landscape Architect: April Philips
Client: srmERNST Development Group

The coastal meadows and groves offer a sustainable contrast to the existing business park.
Employees are encouraged to be stewards of the earth everyday.
The indoors and outdoors have a strong relationship to each other.
The floating decks nestled into the meadows offer solitude and workspace in nature.
The stately Mission Olive is the heart of the salad farm and courtyard.
The project is rated LEED Platinum and is a certified Bay Friendly Landscape.
The central courtyard offers a variety of outdoor environments and experiences.
The central courtyard’s great lawn is used for product testing, events, and fitness.
The campus celebrates its bayside location and outdoor exploration.
The VF Outdoor campus brand entries are centered on the parking orchard.

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.