aerial view of rock garden at Los Altos residence

Los Altos Hills, CA Residence

A harmonious sanctuary bringing nature into a backyard landscape.

Los Altos Hills, California
Approx. 17,250 square feet
May – November 2017
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For this client seeking a garden sanctuary in which to find harmony between self and nature, Kurisu completely re-envisioned a flat, featureless backyard and swimming pool area.

By removing a retaining wall and restoring the natural hillside, this backyard landscape was transformed into a lush Japanese-style stroll garden.

rock lined path through trees
A naturalistic path design meanders up a gentle hillside and around the pond, providing multiple opportunities to pause and consider the garden from various angles, eventually connecting to a zen-style dry sand-stone garden where one finds a comfortable shelter to sit and contemplate the view.
pond and trees at Los Altos residence
Garden features include waterfalls, koi pond, and custom-built Japanese-style bridge, gate and gazebo.
view of path, trees, pond, and gazebo
Large, hand-selected boulders arranged with specimen pine and Japanese maple trees from Kurisu's own nurseries form the structure of the garden, balancing landscape with architecture and infusing the space with energetic flow.
rock garden at Los Altos residence
wood structure
Blue image of lotus flower

Healing Gardens

Our Japanese-style healing gardens are designed with an intention for restoration on the deepest levels. We incorporate the ancient philosophies and techniques of Japanese garden design to reawaken the connection between people and nature – between ourselves and the larger, timeless cycles of change and regeneration.

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