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Green Fossil Fountain Plaza

Moffett Towers

Sunnyvale, California



Green Fossil Fountain Plaza is one of six entry plazas that act as gathering points for social interaction along the main pathway at the 52-acre Moffett Towers Corporate Campus in Sunnyvale, CA. This plaza features two granite fountains connected by an arc of planting. Titled Sporangiophore 1 and Sporangiophore 2 after the resemblance of their shape to a fern’s spore receptacle. For this LEED Platinum project, the fountains are bubblers that use recycled water and automatically shut off in high wind conditions. Like an outdoor room, the plaza helps extend the workplace to the outside and encourages users to stay on premise throughout the workday.


Green Fossil Fountain Plaza - Moffett Towers - Projects - Cliff Garten Studio

Photo Credit JD Peterson

Moffett Towers, Sunnyvale, California


Bronze, Granite, Earth, Festuca rubra, Rye grass, Platanus acerifolia   

Sporangiophore 1: H 2’ 5 5/8” x L 5’ x W 3’ 10”; Sporangiophore 2: H 1’ 3” x L 5’ 1 1/2” x W 4’ 5/8”

Commissioned by
The City of Sunnyvale, Arts Commission and the Jay Paul Company

DES Architects, Redwood City, CA, Tom Gilman, Principal

Landscape Contractor
Jensen Corp. Landscape Construction

Rudolph Sletten and Granicor

Client / Reference
Jeannette D'Elia, Jay Paul Company

Mark Darely, JD Peterson
San Francisco, CA