Landscape Architect & Specifier News

FEB 2016

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66 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Inspired by the weaving patterns of the Kumeyaay baskets (see sidebar on p. 70) comes this expansive outdoor entertaining area for concerts and events, striped with contrasting bands of colored concrete that mimic the strands of the juncus rushes used in the area's Native American basketry. This playful pattern minimizes the lawn area and creates extended space for the Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine, Calif. (pop. 14,236). Alpine sits at 1,834 ft. elevation in eastern San Diego County, nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains, which rise to an elevation of 6,512 feet. Thhe hardscape pattern is particularly stunning when seen from the rooms and terraces of the Viejas Casino & Resort. The Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Indians owns the casino and resort. The grand plaza, which now has been dubbed the Park at Viejas, is an unexpected dynamic array of colors and textures framed by colonnades of Arbutus 'Marinas' and date palms. The Alpine Mountains are a dramatic backdrop for this park-like resort. At the Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine, Calif., (eastern San Diego County) concrete bands of colored concrete paving ('San Diego Buff' and light gray iron oxide, Davis Colors) cross the plaza in contrasting colors. The design emulates the colorful basket patterns of the Kumeyaay Native Americans (see p. 70 sidebar). The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians owns the casino and resort. The date palms have a ring of up and down LED fixtures to accentuate the fronds and the trunk textures. The LEDs also add general illumination to the open space. In addition, there is accent lighting at the base of trees and shrubs. Viejas Park The at Landscape Architecture by Sotelo Landscape Architects, San Diego, led by Angelina Sotelo PHOTOS BY MISHA BURKE AND DANI PARAMO

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