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San Francisco Oasis

This city garden is a quiet celebration of sustainable urban landscape design. It is a unique and multi-dimensional response to an small city lot, an extensive client program and the desire to do good work. Our intent was to imagine and design a sophisticated and visibly sustainable city garden in San Francisco.

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April 23, 2012
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May 27, 2013
Krystal Sanchez-Powell wrote:
Do you have any ideas for a Raingarden!
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Lily Gahagan added this to Tile Style: Spotlight on Heath Ceramics
Get a fun snap of color with field tiles in shades of purples, blues, and chartreuse.
Amy Renea added this to Make the Most of a Small Garden
This space may be small, but it lives large with a seating area, a charming water feature and a multitude of plantings. Water gives a sense of movement, and the lime-color plants add brightness to a shady corner.
Frank Organ added this to Give Your Small Garden Some Room
Structuring garden rooms. The strength of compartmentalizing lies in combining the strong structure of hard landscaping with soft plantings. It's evident even in this most modern of garden layouts.
Debra Prinzing added this to Garden Design Essentials: Shape and Mass
A bird's-eye view of an intimate courtyard garden allows us to see where shapes and masses interrelate with perfect harmony. First you notice the rectangular stepping stones and deck shapes, then the three-dimensional versions emerge in the Cor-Ten planter box (left) and the poured-concrete planter (right). The decorative fountain wall infuses another mass into the scheme. While this environment is small in scale, it feels voluminous. Add one more shape: the curved chaise, a graceful footnote to all the geometry here.
Samantha Schoech added this to Color Guide: How to Work With Chartreuse
These chartreuse plants were specifically chosen for their design chops. They shine against the muted colors in this backyard.

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Structuring garden rooms. The strength of compartmentalizing lies in combining the strong structure of hard landscaping with soft plantings. It's evident even in this most modern of garden layouts.
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Small area
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Multi level falls to spa beloe
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November 22, 2014
Water feature
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Plant configuration
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November 11, 2014
multi level and multi medium
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November 9, 2014
chartruse with greys
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anderson residence small deck at front
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water feature
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I love succulents!!
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November 8, 2014
Garden plants
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water feature
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October 25, 2014
Like the different levels used
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September 22, 2014
landscape 6
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September 20, 2014
Grey water
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September 18, 2014
Combo of materials
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September 2, 2014
the old timber feature wall for the pool pavilion feature
Sheila Rosart added this to Mid Century Modern Ideas for Stanford Drive House
August 29, 2014
Very cool!
kbhesania added this to Landscape Ideas
August 25, 2014
water feature,
Staraya McKinstry added this to outdoor living
August 17, 2014
This is crazy beautiful. Not super functional for kids but I love all the elements that are used: metal, wood, water, stone, plants etc.
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August 13, 2014
Lots on interest with plants.
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I like the composition of elements
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July 22, 2014
reference for front water body......!
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July 12, 2014
the back stone wall covered with a variety of colours, yellow, gray, so beautiful
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July 3, 2014
pavers wth plants
Lydia Afeman added this to 813 Lawrence
July 1, 2014
pond-layout of space with water and planters for small back yard
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narrow pond
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Apa, trecere
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wall plantings
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Style of decking
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Unusual waterfalling idead
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May 25, 2014
nice water feature
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May 15, 2014
Wow! What a great design!
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May 15, 2014
Lime green plants for brightness
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Water feature
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interesting combos
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Modern Design
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GARDEN Use of space
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April 20, 2014
Water element
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April 14, 2014
small green plants in the red turf
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April 10, 2014
modern pond for back yard, nice pavers, nice deck, cool reclaimed wood wall/fence thing, metal planter box along wall?
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Water fall
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April 5, 2014
Different colours and textures. These are the pavers we want to use with something in our courtyard.
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water along deck
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Water feature
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* Vegetable + Modern aesthetic?
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Love the fountain!
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Built in planters/water/use of different materials
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less space .. but looking good
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Water feature
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Cool idea from deck to fence
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Water feature
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sunken pond
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like it
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tile wall and water feature/trough
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Core ten planter Love water feature
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Water feature
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January 30, 2014
love this for the east corner.
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Patio 1
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January 14, 2014
the look and i would like to try and recreate at the end of my small garden
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December 28, 2013
It's simplicity
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Tile color, organization of the space, steppers, concrete color
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like the idea......just not as many different plants!
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planter and water feature design
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The strength of compartmentalizing lies in combining the strong structure of hard landscaping with soft plantings. It's evident even in this most modern of garden layouts.
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cool small garden
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lime coloured plants for shade
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great small space
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small space, creative uses
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September 25, 2013
Great for small yard
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Small pool area
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optical mass..
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small space with multiple moods
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water feature
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September 11, 2013
They used some of those small tile lattices for color
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September 10, 2013
would be good down the side of the house?
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decking and fishpond
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Water, concrete slabs
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overflow to pond
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Small garden space
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Water feature
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Water feature
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Nice small pond.
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Water feature
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color and different textures
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Lime colored plants in the shade to add brightness
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stepping stones to pond
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love the corteen steel!
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Small garden
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like all the listed elements
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Small garden, more like an outdoor room
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Pond, rusty wall, beautiful
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This city garden is a quiet celebration of sustainable urban landscape design. It is a unique and multi-dimensional response to an small city lot, an extensive client program and the desire to do good work. Our intent was to imagine and design a sophisticated and visibly sustainable city garden in San Francisco.
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Garden deck
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Pequeno lago num recanto do terreno
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corten fountain
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July 24, 2013
Structuring garden rooms. The strength of compartmentalizing lies in combining the strong structure of hard landscaping with soft plantings. It's evident even in this most modern of garden layouts.
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Fit lots in
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July 8, 2013
that wall!
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water feature
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July 1, 2013
garden with water feature
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In my fantasy
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Love the water feature
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water feature
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out door
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tiled wall
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combinación de materiales y superposición de planos
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Areas, water feature, varying heights, textures
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Nice variety
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outdoor gardening pool with green but contemporary
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Water feature
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copper panter
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I like the tiled wall.
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Endless pool
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Water feature
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love the pond, need water feature.
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end of garden
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love the relaxing Zen feel
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Structuring garden rooms. The strength of compartmentalizing lies in combining the strong structure of hard landscaping with soft plantings. It's evident even in this most modern of garden layouts.
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Deck next to fountsin
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Garden 2
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small garden patio
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alternate view of same water feature.
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nice garden
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Custom made "lake" idea, incorporating water feature.
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Brick wall, fountain, small pond
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Cacher la base. Des arbre Poutre de métal comme chute d eau récupérer de matériaux construction
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This has a nice tranquil feeling--coule view from above like front porch into septic area?
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The symmetrical lines and plant arrangements
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Great design
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deck over pond/ water feature
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the colors
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Área de asolearase y fuente. Pared enchapada!
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deck and waterfeature
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cor-ten, wood, concrete, gravel. micro garden
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multiple levels of plants...
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