Palo Alto I / The design for this Palo Alto home, developed with Fergus Garber Young Architects, grew out of client collaboration, sustainability concerns, and neighborhood context. JLJA responded to the neighborhood's wooded character with bold, lush plantings that reflected the family's streamlined, modernist tastes. The clients sought a garden in which to immerse themselves in nature and to be together as a family, a goal achieved through strategic placement of plants, furnishings, and focal points such as a dramatic fire pit. The new garden offers generous outdoor spaces for gathering, striking inside/outside views, contrasting textures, and year-round color. In addition to effectively layering foliage, JLJA designed and installed a corten steel sculptural screening element in the front entry to create a porous buffer from neighbors and street. This was so successful that JLJA detailed a dynamic water element, also of corten, that terminates the views from the house into the back garden.