The 23rd campus in the California State University system, California State University Channel Islands is known as the “brightest jewel in the crown” of the Cal. St. system.
We are honored to have been charged with reviving an old and forgotten, walled-in outdoor space of about 2500 sq. ft. known as the “archive courtyard”, behind the world renowned Broome library.
Private and closed-off from student access, the administration had special plans to use this space exclusively for high-end fundraising events to solicit endowments for the university.
This area was a blank slate with 2 amazing elements for us to work with and highlight: (1) stirring views of a dramatic, undeveloped neighboring hillside, and (2) an impressive 50 foot tall Moreton Bay Fig as its centerpiece with an expansive 50 foot canopy.
Our ideas came from imagining intimate gatherings with 70+ VIPs, an elegant string quartet, caterers, etc. – simple yet sophisticated, clean, graceful, inspiring.
We incorporated decorative gravel to compliment the local stone & native bunch grasses at the fig tree’s base and skillfully peppered native shrubs, succulents & Mediterranean plants along the perimeter in eye-catching arrangements, helping to foster “stimulating conversations”.
Our new lighting plan now provides for soft and carefully balanced illumination throughout to create a pleasing and cheerful atmosphere.