As a component of the Phase II development plan for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Murase Associates created a water garden. A 14-foot waterfall, finely crafted from granite, creates a place where people can relax and reflect. Centrally located, the courtyard is in close proximity to the cafeteria and across from a coffee bar, giving the campus a central focal point. Despite its metropolitan context, the courtyard possesses the feel of secluded mountain environment. The strong visual and aural impact of the waterfall reflects the geography of the Pacific Northwest. In addition, the invigorating sound absorbs the noise of the freeway above, creating a peaceful place to spend time. This unique urban oasis serves as an inspiring and functional piece of art for employees and visitors. Based on the success of the courtyard, Murase Associates was commissioned to design a new campus park.