Design: Commercial and Institutional
Therapy Landscape for the Rehabilitation Center at El Camino Hospital
Los Gatos, CA
Project Principal: Zoee Astrachan
Principal: Andrew Dunbar
Project Designers: Shye Jones, Chelsea Larsson
Client: El Camino Hospital
A facility devoid of exterior amenities was reinvigorated by the re-appropriation of two underutilized spaces. A residual concrete utility court and an ambulance drop-off area, of the 1970’s-era 30-Bed Rehabilitation Center, became the raw material for a transformative intervention, converting marginalized exterior spaces into places. Places with atmosphere and vibrancy that are not only occupiable , but are also curative.
A peripheral planting strip is recreated as an Entry Garden where Staff, patients and visitors now experience a garden with shade trees, pathways for gate training, and quiet seating areas for gathering and visiting with family. A once residual space between buildings is transformed into a Therapy Courtyard situated directly adjacent to the facility’s gymnasium. The court creates space for outdoor dining, therapeutic gardening and visiting with family and pets in a spatially unified and planted setting boasting, color, texture, fragrance and movement with rich wood accents and warm festive lighting, all built-in to an infrastructure of comfortable bench seating, vine trellises, suspended plant pockets, and small-scale vegetable and flower gardening.