If landscape architect David Fletcher is known for any one thing, it may be the vast scope of his endeavors. As founder of the landscape architecture firm Fletcher Studio in Dogpatch, San Francisco; writer; and professor at California College of the Arts, his body of work is remarkably versatile, spanning the spectrum from small gardens to massive civic spaces. His wide-ranging portfolio of work includes crafting small-scale projects like the residential garden and biopool in Zurich that won him his first award from the Society of Landscape Architects in 2013—and that was praised by the jury for being “visually complex and compelling.” He’s also working on the ambitious Making the Connections Project, an impressive endeavor to reimagine the streets of Downtown Los Angeles to encourage alternative forms of transportation (e.g., walking and biking). It’s no wonder that he was engaged from early concept and community engagement through completion to design the landscaped spaces for 815 Tennessee Street’s condominiums in Dogpatch.
One of the many hallmarks of Fletcher’s designs is the meshing of functionality with beauty; his designs are as imaginative as they are practical. Recently, Fletcher Studio was tasked with the revamp of San Francisco’s beloved South Park. Because it is the oldest park in the city, locals were dismayed to watch it fall into disrepair, and the Recreation and Parks Department enlisted the firm to come up with a fresh take. The result is, as The San Francisco Chronicle recently phrased it, “one of San Francisco’s most satisfying public spaces.” A twisting path winds through the park, offering new and interesting vantage points at virtually every turn. Every so often, the path widens, opening up to communal spaces that practically call out for picnickers to gather round and connect. Fletcher’s goal was to create a shared space that would bring different communities together, and, to that end, the design included a play structure that was created for all ages to enjoy. There are benches with arms that double as laptop desks, a move that is both useful and a whimsical nod to the city’s tech community.
Fletcher’s capability is on full display in his latest designs for the Dogpatch homes for sale at 815 Tennessee. First, there’s the curated architectural entry pocket park. Here, sleek modern lines meet the natural world in a compelling juxtaposition. Clean, minimalist cement planters overflow with spiky foliage. The park is divided from the street by a vaulting brick wall, with massive windows providing views to the leafy trees standing just beyond. Perhaps the most striking element grows not in the ground but high above. Crisscrossing the open air overhead, ivy-like vegetation twists around suspension cables making for an interesting ceiling, cutting the sky into geometric shapes that shift depending on where you stand. A few linear lights are sure to make the pocket park a sophisticated yet relaxed place to enjoy the evening.
Fletcher Studio is also behind the curated architectural eastern pocket park at the 815 Tennessee condos in Dogpatch. Here, there is the same collision of clean, modern lines and lush, bursting foliage as in the entry park, except with more sunshine. A table nestled among the brilliant greenery makes for a serene post for early morning coffee when the sun is sure to be gleaming gently overhead. However, perhaps residents of 815 Tennessee will most enjoy the rooftop terrace, where a sweeping view of the skyline and ocean sprawl out all around the sleek patio. A small, downy lawn grows in the space adjacent to the simple garden bed, and a wraparound railing is made of wire, so as not to block the view. And a table, ready for guests, promises to be a setting for many a memorable dinner party.