Outdoor Living Spaces: Avalon Morrison Park

Callander Associates closely collaborated with the architect and owner to create resort-style outdoor living spaces at a new 250 unit townhome-style apartment complex located in downtown San Jose. Our services included design of on-podium courtyards, private patio spaces, secured entry gates, entry icons, on-grade courtyards, and outdoor showers.


Selection of the exterior furnishings was closely coordinated with the interior furnishings to create a unified indoor-outdoor environment.  Furnishing styles, materials, and colors were carefully chosen to provide a richness of material and variety, without looking too coordinated or busy. Nana walls at the on-podium clubhouse seamlessly led from the game room outdoors to a seating area with barbeque islands, a built-in banquette seat, and outdoor fire pit.

The primary design challenge was to create comfortable, inviting outdoor spaces within a tight footprint while working within the unique limitations imposed by construction on a podium. Custom metal art panels enliven walls along the main courtyard and buildings, and provide a low maintenance but interesting visual focal point. Overhead festoon lighting at the outdoor living room and kitchen area provide a warmth and festive ambience to residents and their guests.


On-grade entries are marked by stone seatwalls set within striped plaza paving.  On-podium entries are marked by a stepped procession leading up to a lighted entry column which will serve as a visual beacon and entry marker both day and night. With two product types and development spread over both on-grade and on-podium areas, colorful planter pots located in strategic gathering areas help to visually unify the whole development.


Units are now renting, with construction completion anticipated by May 2014. Having seen the project through both the planned development permit and building permit phases, we are excited to see residents moving in and being able to enjoy the many amenities offered at Avalon Morrison Park.

Marie Mai, Associate

January 17, 2014 at 6:17 pm