Case Study for Businesses and Organizations
International Lofts (see portfolio)
SAPN Associates, a local development firm, approached Green Alchemy to do the garden design for a unique development project in the Fruitvale district of Oakland. The project involved an old factory converted to lofted live work spaces. SAPN had a vision of providing affordable housing that did not sacrifice design and insisted each unit have its own garden.
The private garden of each unit was designed as a 'place holder'. The plantings needed to enhance the architecture, present the new home owner with little challenge, and allow for personal touches in the future.
In designing the plant pallet I chose Mediterranean plants that would be drought tolerant after establishment. The plants were in scale with the architecture and provided a variety of color, texture and bloom times. Automated drip irrigation was installed throughout.