Project Description

The town of Menlo Park sits at the gateway to Silicon Valley, within a competitive ecosystem of entrepreneurship and networking. Prior to renovation, this site was a small, outdated campus of four 2-story buildings serving a range of tenants. The landscape was composed of mowed lawns and curving paths, with few usable exterior spaces for social activities or communal gathering. Our approach was to reimagine the landscape as an element of equal importance to the buildings, with its own striking, timeless identity. The new gardens also provide a clear, linear framework for moving cars and people. Within this framework, smaller, quieter spaces defined by curving lines of planting and landform enclose opportunities for social activities, contemplation and inspiration. Sculptural elements make subtle connections to the distinctive San Francisco Bay environment and support the site’s new visual identity. A clear hierarchy of spaces, each with their own function, form language, and pace, is woven into a seamless and lush environment that provides sensory experiences and a sense of exceptionalism.