Reinventing an industrial facility with outdoor amenities and a human scale.
Landscape design was central to RAF Properties’ goal of re-inventing a combined industrial and commercial facility as a more human-scaled development conducive to creativity.
Situated in an industrial district on the edge of a sage-lined coastal canyon, the project’s entrance was transformed by bringing a required bio-retention area from the back of the property to the front, doubling the available square footage, with a distinctive bridged entry at the center and lined with seating. In collaboration with Smith Consulting Architects, an adjacent amenity area was created to encourage communal outdoor activity, with a shaded deck and a plaza with a barbecue, bocce court and play tables. Closer to the center of the pedestrian axis, decorative pixelated paving goes from a light to dark tone.
While wood accents throughout the outdoor space add natural texture, yellow was used to punctuate public areas with color, including signage at the entries, a metal woven canopy fabric, and bridges connecting the retention area with parking. The development’s perimeter is lined with greenery and trees, reducing the heat-island effect.