Project Name: Water Conservation Garden
Story Theme:   Iconography or Buildings as Icons


This garden is eastern San Diego county was designed by Deneen Powell Atelier for the Otay and Helix Water Districts, and through a design build contract with the Highland Partnership. The garden is used as a xeriscape demonstration project for homeowners, and many of the typical landscape elements were designed as “Calderesque” sculptures. We used a similar concept for the design of the buildings.
  1. Watering can
    1. Prototypical watering can of galvanized steel
    2. Watering can as information kiosk…curved sliding panel opens for visitors when staffed
  1. Clock tower
    1. Clock tower in European town square
    2. Conceptual sketches for tower
    3. Proposed elevation…yellow gable end used as secondary theme of residential iconography
    4. Tower at entry plaza… provides focus and orientation from most areas of garden
  2. Reclaimed water pipe
    1. Purple pipe used for reclaimed water
    2. Design sketches…studying roof geometry and pipe
    3. Elevation of restroom building
    4. Purple pipe…collects rain water from roof
Lesson learned: Through value engineering, cedar siding on the Admin Building was replaced with HardiPlank lap siding to simulate cedar, and as a fiber-cement product has more durability and requires less maintenance than cedar. The smooth panels were also used…at the base of the tower. This product provides good fire resistance too.