Architect Visit: Arterra Landscape Architects

May 08, 2011 1:10 PM

BY Janet Hall

A recent addition to the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory, San Francisco-based Alterra Landscape Architects is a landscape architecture firm specializing in contemporary, sustainable design. Principals Vera Gates and Katherine Stickley both are keen observers of the natural environment: "Our greatest achievement is creating a meaningful and sustainable landscape legacy," they say. To see more of the firm's work, go to Arterra Landscape Architects.

Above: The Sunset Idea House is a peaceful city garden with a small ecological footprint.

Above: The partners used native plants and reclaimed, recycled, and locally made materials.

Above: Features include a custom water catchment tower, floating decks and a sleek waterfall fountain spilling into a pond.

Above: The al fresco dining area features a wall paved in ceramic tiles from Sausalito-based Heath Ceramics. Photography for the Sunset Idea House by Thomas J Story/Sunset Publishing.

Above: The Emerging Garden connects to the house on multiple levels.

Above: The plant-like sculptures bring an added dimension to the lush foliage.

Above: The iridescent glass tiles of the planter contrasts with the simple planes of the steps.

Above: Integrated planters create the illusion of floating plants; photography for the Emerging Garden by Michele Lee Willson Photography.