Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Fantasy Garden Delight

I really enjoyed Saara's blogs about incorporating plants into your home. I think the same concept is true for commercial environments, which is why I am so excited about the "fantasy garden" that the awesome folks at the Home Depot Center and GEORGE Interior Design will be unveiling this evening. The leadership team at the Home Depot Center, led by General Manager Katie Pandolfo, asked GEORGE I.D. to come up with a concept for this space, that would make it more enjoyable and user-friendly for their premium ticket holders.

Take a look at these BEFORE photos of this terrace on the back side of the Stadium Club restaurant (for those of you who have been to the HDC, it's the cool restaurant with the huge open windows hanging right over the field):




The main obstacles were no. 1, the coldness of the hardscape, and no. 2, the lack of field visibility from this particular location. What we together came-up with, was this "garden" concept, complete with "grass," plantings, places to sit, waiter-service and access to the action via TV screens with the game piped-in live. These were some of the sketches that we proposed for the East Terrace:




The first step was polishing a "cobblestone path" into the cement. Next, the synthetic turf was laid down by CALIFORNIA ULTIMATE TURF. http://californiaultimateturf.com/index.aspx
Here is a aerial pic taken right after the insanely real looking turf was laid down:






Looking softer already! The final step was installing the lounge furniture (seen here without cushions), 60" TV screens and fun topiary planters.



I know you want to see the AFTER photos after all this tantalizing talk but you are going to either have to go to the season opener tonight or wait until I post them this week! Still to come, photos of the improved Concourse Club and the Cabana Lounge (also at the Home Depot Center). Here is a link to the Home Depot Center press release for more information about the game and the center:http://admin.homedepotcenter.com/contentright.php?section=aboutus&page=news_article&news_id=695

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