The Stanford Cancer Treatment & Ambulatory Care Center landscape design creates a warm and welcoming environment for individuals facing a challenging moment in their lives. The palette of warm toned stone, pavers, and wood offers a place of respite for patients, nurses and doctors looking for a place to get away from the stresses of the job, students working their way through campus, and family members of patients looking for a place to spend time with their loved ones.
In order to create a variety of peaceful and nurturing exterior spaces, the site was organized around two sunken courtyards that connect to a major pedestrian spine at grade level that is terminated by a new water feature, and arrival sequence and parking lot. The primary circulation path traverses a variety of landscape zones including a bosque of Evergreen Pear trees, sliding hedge bars, and alternating square panels of lawn framing pedestals for sculptures.
The main entry sequence was designed around mature existing oak trees and smaller oak trees were stored and relocated to strengthen the cluster. Beyond is the parking lot encased in an existing Pine tree grove with sedge bio-swales to cleanse the parking lot run-off.
The more intimate shady zen courtyards have wood and stone integrated seating with Japanese Maple Trees, Bamboo, Lily Turf, and black polished rock.
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Client: Stanford University Medical Center
Architect: BTA, Inc
Landscape Architect: Pamela Burton & Company
Size: 4 acres
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