Francis Parker School
The synergy of an integral design approach of landscape and architecture resulted in harmonious indoor and outdoor spaces that fulfill the goals of sustainability, educational value and subtle aesthetics. It achieves a new level of harmony between the built architectural mesa and the wilderness of the preserved canyon environments. The strategy for building centers around the preservation of wildland viewsheds, multiple experiences of a small number of elements, and an orchestrated approach to sensory stimulation through color, scent, texture, light and shadow, and pure geometries. Native canyon plantings such as the California Sycamore were chosen to frame views as well as shade walkways. Pathway materials included concrete for the more highly used walkways, while more textural materials such as decomposed granite and shredded bark were used for the meandering canyon edge path. Perched next to the edge of a canyon and overlooking San Diego’s skyline, the revamped Francis Parker School brings a strong mixture of sustainable design with Southern California vernacular.
Location：San Diego, California, United States
Site Area：9.3 HA
Completion：Landscape construction completed in 2009