A reflection of human design and a study in balance, harmony and symmetry, RH, The Gallery at The Village at Corte Madera is envisioned as a transparent, multi-level contemporary building filled with fresh air and natural light featuring dramatic installations of home furnishings in a gallery setting. Highly site sensitive and thoughtfully situated on a central axis with the existing open-air shopping center, this revolutionary retail concept will blur the lines between residential and retail, indoors and outdoors and occupy 67,000 square feet on three levels—seamlessly incorporating over 20,000 square feet of public green space.
Designed in collaboration with Architectural Digest Top 100 Architects Backen, Gillam & Kroeger, RH Corte Madera will be the crown jewel among a series of original and inspiring new galleries the brand has recently unveiled in landmark locales across the country. An inherently personal project given RH calls Corte Madera home—the corporate campus and its nearly 800 employees are located on nearby Koch road—this endeavor is a manifestation of the company's best work and latest thinking.
Where once there was only a parking lot, visitors will now encounter the Gallery's striking exterior featuring the highest quality, hand-applied Venetian plaster with an expanse of 12-foot glass and steel French doors opening onto a streetscape defined by European courtyards, majestic trees and sculptural evergreens that will provide a green composition year round. Looking overhead, guests will admire lush garden terraces and Juliet balconies on level two, and the expansive Rooftop Park with Heritage olive tree grove beyond. As night falls the building’s architectural details and gardens will be artfully illuminated in a warm, painterly glow.
Visitors will enter through custom, hand-forged 12-foot iron gates inspired by the work of late 20th-century Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa, and step into a decomposed granite courtyard flanked by dramatic loggias, complete with giant banana palms, fig ivy and the sound of trickling fountains. Passing through a 25-foot threshold of retractable steel and glass doors, guests will continue into the Gallery's central hall with soaring 14-foot ceilings, an interior atrium and Tuscan colonnade of cast stone. All of this will be experienced along a single visual axis, enabling an unobstructed view through the entire main floor to the corresponding courtyard with San Francisco Bay in the distance. At the periphery, barrel-vaulted passageways will lead to a classical arrangement of rooms with artistic abstractions featuring collections from renowned designers and artisans across the globe.
To access the upper floors, guests will ascend a grand double floating staircase awash in natural light via a massive skylight spanning 37 feet, three floors above. Arriving on the second floor they will discover four, 1,000-square-foot garden terraces with tracery metal trellises accented with billowing canvas and climbing jasmine pandorea vines, and 25-foot retractable glass walls opening onto expansive Juliet balconies.
The journey culminates at the 15,000-square-foot Rooftop Park. Symmetrically composed in the spirit of the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, this one-of-a-kind destination and public garden space will first be experienced within a vestibule of glass and steel that opens onto a bluestone promenade punctuated by a beautiful center trellis and dramatic, 40-foot-long infinity reflecting pool. A grove of 34, nearly century-old Heritage olive trees surrounded by decomposed granite and set within colossal steel planters accented with cascading rosemary will adjoin either side of this tranquil space and lead visitors through the park, with its verdant landscape, glimmering chandeliers, trickling fountains and sweeping views of Mount Tamalpais to the west and San Francisco Bay and its wetlands to the east.