In suburban communities that grow at the edges of the modern city, low density developments frequently sacrifice character and unity in order to maximize utility and efficiency. Breaking with that tradition, Stratus Development looked to the R/Hdo design team to assist the Norco Business Center in establishing a strong design character, and to connect the buildings with meaningful spaces and interconnections.

Paving patterns identify major spaces at the entries and within the pedestrian network. The planting palette uses low water-use plants on the periphery and then the design transitions to a softer, lusher, more colorful palette in the quiet shaded courtyards.

Location: Corona-Norco, California

Role: Landscape Architect

Architect: J7 Architects

Owner: Stratus Development

Implementation Cost: $ 325,000

Date of Completion: Spring 2007