requirements and characteristics of the client
(user). The second comprised the technology of materials,
construction, and plants, including maintenance and a whole range of
form determinants derived from the site
conditions and quality. The third was a
concern for the spatial expression, which
would go beyond the mere satisfaction of
requirements and into the realms of fine
"Church developed an aesthetic theory based
on cubism. A garden should have no beginning and no end and it should be pleasing
when seen from any angle, not only from the house. Asymmetrical lines were used to
create greater apparent dimensions. Simplicity of form, line and shape were regarded as
more restful to look at and easier to maintain. Form, shape, and pattern in the gardens
were provided by paving, walls, and
espaliered or trained plants" (Laurie 56).
The people of the Almaden
Winery neighborhood, the beauty of form and plant material existing on the site, and the lead taken
by Thomas Church has been our inspiration for this design project.
It is essential to sequence the implementation of the park design, with priority given
to making the entire space usable. This does
not mean that the upper area is the only part
of the park in need of design. The park
should be treated as a whole design problem
with a whole solution to be implemented in
The master plan for the Almaden Winery
Park has been broken up into five main phases. With completion of all phases, the
top of the site will be completely developed
and the bottom of the site will be restored.
These phases adhere to the natural order of
events in the construction process. They represent
affordable pieces of development.
Each phase contains at least one main feature of the park, and the completion of each
phase will make a major contribution to the
usable elements in the park.
The first phase revolves around completing
the tot lot. It begins by cleaning up and
regrading the entire top of the site. Then all
underground utilities and irrigation lines are
laid. This way, all heavy machinery work
and trenching will be completed before
children come to play in the park. One main
pathway will be installed on the upper site to
allow visitors to move through easily. Phase
one will also include street trees and redesign of the parking lot. This will give these
larger trees more time to get established.
They will help screen the parking lot, shade
the hardscape, and cool the area he
gazeboes will also be restored to prevent
them from becoming a safety hazard in the
The second phase revolves around installing
the play lawn on the upper part of the park.
It includes the completion of a second walkway on the upper site to allow easy and safe
access to the new completed elements. All of
the trees on the upper site will be planted.
This will provide shade for visitors Trees
will be planted on the south border of the
rose garden to help screen the existing residence. The public restrooms will be com-