Gerstler Residence, Orinda
The owners of this home have a passion for art and wanted an elegant garden that feels like a museum courtyard. Custom elements include multiple seating areas, an outdoor kitchen and dining room with arbor, a central sculpture wall, and reflective water feature.
Despite such multi-use features, the compact garden’s design retains a sense of stillness and repose. Thuilot Associates formalized the space using a linear geometry that aligns with the building and creates a balanced landscape design. A defined color palette of black and sand for the hardscape contributes to the sense of organization and tranquility.