Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL), San Diego, CA
GreenScaped Buildings was proud to complete three projects for the Law School, their 5th floor living wall, their lobby atrium and their exterior landscaping. All of the landscaping was designed by Greg Nowell & Associates, and played off the theme developed when, while excavating the site in preparation for construction, crews found fossils dating back approximately 500,000 years ago!
TJSL Living Wall
This 85-foot wall on the 5th floor terrace of the new Thomas Jefferson School of Law creates a beautiful backdrop for students using the study counter in front of it, or those simply taking a short break in between classes. With a sunburst design on the west end that lends itself to a wave that matches the connecting planter space, the wall is truly a beautiful work of art. (And this image only shows half of the wall!)
Filled with a variety of succulents, sedums and echeverias, the bright greens, limes and yellows draw the eye and add a touch of color to the downtown skyline. An artist commissioned by the School will soon be installing edging within the plants to further define the wave moving within them.
Upon entering the School, visitors, students, faculty and staff are greeted with a beautiful atrium nestled in the corner of the bright building, underneath a sweeping staircase.
Plant lovers can enjoy several species of cycads and bromeliads, as well as sanseverias lining the atrium space. Flagstone rings showcase the cycads nicely, while bursts of color are provided by the guzmania bromeliads. The larger vrisea imperialis bromeliads continue the prehistoric theme with their prominent dark green and purple foliage. Viewed from the outside, sanseverias that line the exterior planters help create continuity between the interior and exterior. These exterior varieties may look the same, but have been grown and acclimated to the outside, unlike their interior climate-loving cousins. The four cycad varieties in the atrium include Cycas pectinata and Lepidozamia peroffskyana.
TJSL Exterior Planters
The exterior planters line the street level, fifth floor and eight floor of the building. Like
other plant selections in and around the building, the theme of an era long before ours is carried through. From cacti and succulents to beautiful blooming and fruiting plants, everyone lucky enough to enter these areas are sure to enjoy the scenery.
Specimen cacti like trichocereus and morawetzias create interesting elements to individual planters. And a number of cycads, including trispinosus, stattervilles and ferox orange cones also create splendid visual elements.
The Landscape Architect worked directly with the Client to choose a plant palette that would not only be stunning year-round, but would also bloom at varying intervals. This offers surprising blooms of all different shapes and colors throughout the year.