This Outdoor Fireplace Is Also A Climbing Wall


This modern courtyard has Basalt-clad retaining walls that hold back the hillside and frame the courtyard, while the limestone hearth anchors the garden, and a panel of blackened steel creates a backdrop for a built-in barbeque. #LandscapeDesign #Landscaping #Courtyard #RetainingWalls #OutdoorFireplace

Landscape architecture firm Surfacedesign has designed this courtyard for a house in San Francisco, that was designed by John Maniscalco Architecture.

The space, which was the solution for a steep, wooded backyard, was inspired by the client’s interest in rock-climbing and sculpture.

Basalt-clad retaining walls hold back the hillside and frame the courtyard, while the limestone hearth anchors the garden, and a panel of blackened steel creates a backdrop for a built-in barbeque.

This modern courtyard has Basalt-clad retaining walls that hold back the hillside and frame the courtyard, while the limestone hearth anchors the garden, and a panel of blackened steel creates a backdrop for a built-in barbeque. #LandscapeDesign #Landscaping #Courtyard #RetainingWalls #OutdoorFireplace

Notches on the face of the feature create channels of light that are punctuated by stone accents, creating a sculptural lantern-like light element at night. The stone accents also function as a climbing wall, providing informal play space for the family’s children.

Notches on the face of an outdoor feature wall create channels of light that are punctuated by stone accents, creating a sculptural lantern-like light feature at night. #OutdoorLighting #LandscapeDesign #Landscaping
Photography by Marion Brenner | Design: Surfacedesign Inc. | Collaborators: John Maniscalco Architects and Siteworks Landscape