ferruginous Splendor of CorTen Steel by Tim O'Shea

"We had to talk to fabricators and suppliers first to learn what the material is and how it performs," O'Shea said. "The pieces have to come finished. They can't be worked again - no on-site adjustments." It gave their design work a new dimension: "This is where landscape architecture becomes architecture."

It's not all rusty metal, of course. The house is surrounded by timber bamboo ('Robert Young' - butter-yellow with green barcode stripes), Japanese maples and pines and climbing philodendrons. Giant lime zinnias, calibrachoa 'Lemon Slice' and other ornamentals, many from Annie's Annuals, cover the slope between house and pool."

- Joe Eaton, SF Chronicle

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Original SF Chronicle article here