The design concept sought to juxtapose the strict orthogonal shape of the courtyard and flanking office areas with a space that was completely different for maximum contrast. Soft, curvilinear areas of pavement interplay with lush vegetation and landform that provides a radical contrast from the former grass “desert”. A main space was created for the larger, programmed event gatherings. This main space is a simple, circular form with a part of the circle completed by a mass planting of perennials combined with spring-flowering bulbs. Adjacent to the center space are smaller lobes of pavement for more intimate seating. Near these lobes, HED designed abruptly rising landforms and planted them lushly with perennials, ornamental grasses and understory trees. The effect creates spaces that are comfortable to sit in and provide 4 seasons of interest from perimeter views.
Now a popular destination among the staff, the reinvigorated courtyard provides views with seasonal interest and flexible gathering space.