Surrounded on all sides by tall apartments and a busy commercial district, the goal was to create a serene secret garden sanctuary in the heart of the hustle and bustle. Tall ipe walls and lush plantings provide a quiet respite from the activity beyond. A huge amount of archeological material from the 1906 earthquake and fire was discovered while digging. We incorporated bricks we excavated into the new paving as a testament to the lives lived and lost there.