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Japanese-Inspired Landscape Design in Berkeley

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For her largest commission to date, a young San Francisco architect channels Tadao Ando to create an outdoor room for a couple in the Berkeley Hills.
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  A maple tree grows through an ipe deck in the garden that Mary Barensfeld designed for a family in Berkeley, California. A reflecting pool separates it from a white-granite patio, which is furnished with a Petal dining table by Richard Schultz and chairs by Mario Bellini.  Photo by: Joe Fletcher
    A maple tree grows through an ipe deck in the garden that Mary Barensfeld designed for a family in Berkeley, California. A reflecting pool separates it from a white-granite patio, which is furnished with a Petal dining table by Richard Schultz and chairs by Mario Bellini.

    Photo by: Joe Fletcher

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  Board-formed concrete retaining walls double as ramps from the deck to the garden’s highest point.  Photo by: Joe Fletcher
    Board-formed concrete retaining walls double as ramps from the deck to the garden’s highest point.

    Photo by: Joe Fletcher

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  A small terrace outfitted with an H 55 easy chair by Björn Hultén offers a view of the San Francisco Bay.  Photo by: Joe Fletcher
    A small terrace outfitted with an H 55 easy chair by Björn Hultén offers a view of the San Francisco Bay.

    Photo by: Joe Fletcher

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  With input from her clients, Barensfeld used a computer to generate the circular patterns that were carved into a pair of Cor-Ten steel screens with a water-jet cutter. The perforations allow light and the green of the surrounding Koi bamboo to filter into the space while preserving privacy.  Photo by: Joe Fletcher
    With input from her clients, Barensfeld used a computer to generate the circular patterns that were carved into a pair of Cor-Ten steel screens with a water-jet cutter. The perforations allow light and the green of the surrounding Koi bamboo to filter into the space while preserving privacy.

    Photo by: Joe Fletcher

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