47: Rainstore3 | Rainstore3 - Water Garden Office Park

25m 18s |
In this episode, Cherise is joined by Jake Patton, Principal at KSA Design Studio in Culver City, California. Jake’s passion is to design sustainable spaces which enhance the built environment, respect site history and culture, and that provide an aesthetic vision, which inspires and enriches lives.

Jake shares his insights into working on The Water Garden in Santa Monica California. KSA Design Studio transformed an iconic office park famous for its massive artificial lake into a drought tolerant, sustainable outdoor space with a design that refreshes and reactivates the site, improving its aesthetics through thoughtful garden rooms and a winding river walk while increasing its functionality.

Saving more than 2.5 million gallons of water annually, KSA’s design turned a notorious water guzzler into a drought tolerant park. The potable water use for landscape irrigation was cut by 100%, a major contributing factor in the award of LEED Gold Certification for the overall project.

This project had unique challenges and opportunities:
redirecting half of the existing water on site,
developing a new landscape on top of an existing subterranean parking structure,
stringent requirements to meet LEED standards,
and much more!
Topics Discussed:
Blue Stone Concrete
Ipe Wood

Photo Credit: Steve Lacap and HLW


Cherise Lakeside, FCSI, CDT  image
Cherise Lakeside, FCSI, CDT
Senior Spec Writer | RDH Building Science
Jake Patton, ASLA
Principal | KSA Design Studio