The new Santa Monica College Malibu Campus is a 3 acre site located within the Malibu Civic Center Complex. The project includes a 27,500 square foot educational facility, a 5,700 square foot Community Sheriff’s Substation, and an interpretive center to support Legacy Park adjacent to the site.
The landscape design includes vehicular and pedestrian arrival points, parking improvements, arrival plaza, amphitheater courtyard, water feature, and green roof. The sustainable landscape is designed to emphasize the views of the hills to the north and the ocean views across Legacy Park to the south.
The plant palette includes local natives in combination with low water consuming plants chosen for their dramatic color and texture, arranged in bold massings radiating from the building’s “Nautilus” concept. The overlaying paving and planting patterns create and define a diversity of spaces ranging from small informal benches to an amphitheater for large outdoor functions.
Client: Santa Monica College
Location: Malibu, CA
Size: 3 acres
Status: under construction
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