The new Santa Monica College Quad and Library Commons creates a vibrant new center for the urban campus. By providing a variety of spaces for large groups, smaller classes sessions and individual study, the quad has become an inviting green space students and faculty but also for local community members who are welcome to explore the open campus.
The landscape design team was challenged to work with current and future circulation patterns to define campus active nodes for various forms of student interaction while developing a plant palette that could stand the test of time and provide large scale bold gestures necessary for a four acre site. The resulting pedestrian promenade is both visually striking but more importantly a flexible circulate path that ties the entire campus together.
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Size: 4 acres
Landscape Architect: Melendrez
Award: LABC Landscape Award of Excellence; Community College Facilities Coalition Award of Excellence
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