Walden School

Walden School is a private Elementary School in Pasadena with play yards focused on promoting creativity, curiosity, educational opportunities as well as bonding and learning from nature. Swire Siegel Landscape Architects was hired to improve their south yard by creating more play opportunities and a wider variety of activities into the restricted space.

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I worked with Ronnie Siegel to design unique and hands on play areas. A water channel (bottom image) and magnetic water wall (above) encourage play and experimentation with natural materials. A raised deck with log seating in a grove of existing eucalpytus trees (below) has multiple uses as a stage, a social space, a protected building block area or a quiet reading space. Built storage units facilitate the transition of uses. A slate chalk wall encourages the creative potential for outdoor art.

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Walden School Construction Plan

Walden School Planting Plan

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