PARKS + OPEN SPACE
QB3 POCKET PARK
LOCATION Dogpatch, CA CLIENT Dewey Land Company
The QB3 pocket park is a located in an industrial area of San Francisco known affectionately as Dogpatch. The park was commissioned by the owners of an existing industrial warehouse that was converted to a biotechnology business and start-up incubator. The site was a ragged asphalt parking lot, that was alongside a public sidewalk. The design team envisioned a garden filled with California native plants, that are all grey in color. Sycamore trees, native Festuca grasses, and sage grow in a dense urban environment. The oils from three types of sage create an aromatic garden, that can be smelled from a block away. It is funny to note that the designers get more compliments on the lovely smell that on the physical design. This garden is also a favorite of butterflies and bees, who come to drink the nectar of the many different pollinator plants.There was a very wide public sidewalk that was cut into 80 slabs or concrete, each with a unique shape. The design team measured each slab, and then designed permanent urban furniture, made of the slabs, which would otherwise be waste. Other hardscape elements are concrete slab bridges, that act as conduits through the garden. A decomposed granite plaza doubled for parking when needed, but more often is home to events such as afterwork parties. The design team conceived of graphic adhesive wraps for many of the infrastructure elements, such as for the elevator an the large electrical transformers. The graphics are patterns of abstracted microorganisms, that serve to exhibit and to celebrate life, for people who work to preserve it.