Rockrose Gardens

Marina, CA

Named after a plant that puts forth beautiful blooms despite drought and extreme adversity, Interim's Rockrose Gardens housing project creates an environment of beauty and dignity for low income residents who have faced economic hardship and psychiatric disabilities. The striking new complex contains 21 modern apartments with integrated common areas and landscaped courtyards.

Interim Inc., a non-profit helping clients find recovery from mental health challenges as well as housing and other support, partnered with Wald, Ruhnke & Dost Architects (WRD) to create the LEED gold certified facility, with spaces designed to inspire health, wellness and sense of community for residents.

Sloped roofs and earth-toned finishes unify the buildings with their hilltop site off of Abrams Drive in Marina, CA. WRD designed the interiors of the two-story structures to feature natural daylighting, vaulted ceilings, and calming, natural colors. The facility also includes a community room for individuals to connect in a comfortable group setting. The inner courtyard provides a landscaped, safe environment for outdoor gatherings and reflection.

Six rockrose tile mosaics are prominently featured in the facility; they are handmade by Interim Inc.'s clients and carry the theme of beauty and resilience throughout the space. Custom designed gates with rockrose blossoms continue to reinforce this inspiring message.

Wald, Ruhnke & Dost Architects, LLP