12-05-22 | Feature

JETT Landscape Architecture + Design

Orinda, California
by Staff

JETT Landscape Architecture + Design was founded with the idea that by making urban areas great places to live, learn, and play, landscape architecture will meaningfully contribute to the greater good of people, places + the planet. JETT's design leadership has been an integral part of the West Coast's urban landscape since 1999, covering a broad range of award-winning projects. JETT has successfully brought its values to market rate, affordable, and supportive homeless housing, parks and plazas, podiums, roof decks, campuses and universities, and hospitality projects. We are certified Bay Friendly Landscape Design Professionals and design to the highest standards of LEED, Green Point Rated and other sustainable practices.

Tabora Gardens, Antioch, CA

Above: The first project built utilizing California's State Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program, Tabora Gardens Senior Apartments provide 85 affordable homes for seniors in Antioch, California. The 3.2-acre site is extensively landscaped with gathering and seating areas, vegetable gardens, and a meditation space. From the soft textures of the colorful gardens to the weathered steel meditation ring and wooden accents found throughout the landscaping, Tabora Gardens offers a sense of permanence and stability. Situated adjacent to an open space preserve and regional trail, the project borrows views of the rolling East Bay Hills beyond, connecting the project to its natural environment and making it an ideal location for senior living.

NorthPoint Apartments, San Francisco, CA


Left: The NorthPoint Apartments, built in 1969 in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood, featured five courtyards which were located over podium parking. Suffering from waterproofing failure, the courtyard landscapes had to be replaced. The strategy is one of carefully proportioned spaces animated by finely detailed abstractions of water and stone. The use of these natural elements was an homage to Lawrence Halprin and the materials he used in the original design. All five of the courtyards share forms and colors that pick up on the language of the surrounding buildings, but are differentiated from one another in their geometry, palette of plant materials, and focal elements.

Orion Apartments, Oakland, CA

Above: Orion Apartments is the first building brought to market at Brooklyn Basin, a vibrant new district on the Oakland Estuary. Perched at the edge of the bay, surrounded by open space, Orion provides 241 residential units with a central courtyard that offers a kitchen and dining area, firepit lounge with water views, spa, and a quiet zone with hammocks. Sloped turf mounds bridge the gap between elements designed for rest and gathering. A pair of rooftop decks provide sweeping views of San Francisco, downtown Oakland, Alameda, and the East Bay hills. Fire pits, BBQs, dining and lounge areas, and a green roof enliven this waterfront residential community.

Aero Apartments, Alameda, CA

Top Left: Aero Apartments is a 200-unit, moderate-income, mixed-use project in the Site A development project at Alameda Point. The plan for Block includes 10,000 SF of retail commercial development.
JETT created an inviting retail streetscape frontage, a private amenity courtyard, and a roof deck. The streetscape is designed to reference the surrounding neighborhood and provides residents with meadow-garden front yards which also function as stormwater treatment planters for the site. The residential courtyard design is inspired by Alameda Point's naval air history and a private roof deck terrace offers residents an outdoor gathering space with views. Amenities include barbecue and dining areas with shade, a bocce court, game tables, a dog run, and lounge spaces.

Bakar BioEnginuity, Berkeley, CA

Bottom Left: Located at the former Berkeley Art Museum in the iconic Mid-Twentieth Century, Mario Campi-designed, brutalist building, BioEnginuity Hub repurposes the structure into life-science incubator laboratory space for both University and private use.
JETT redesigned the main courtyard and upper terraces to incorporate exterior social and workspaces, and in a nod to its former use as a sculpture garden, accented them with existing relocated sculptures. Similarly, to further mesh the building within the public campus, JETT designed new plazas on both Bancroft Way and Durant Avenue, echoing the angled walls and shifting cantilevered planes in the original design.
While modernizing the spaces to meet current code, great care was taken to celebrate and integrate with the existing architecture, highlighting the unique form of the historic building.


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