The Contemporary Zen Garden design combines some ideals of Japanese Zen Buddhist garden philosophy with contemporary minimalist sculpture and architecture. Organic shapes and textures contrast and compliment the smooth geometric shapes and textures. Like a true traditional Japanese garden, this specialized outdoor living classroom has limited access and visitors are encouraged to view the garden through the windows around the courtyard.
The experience of viewing the garden through the windows replicates the original Zen monastery experience of viewing Zen courtyard sand and gravel gardens from platforms at the sides of the gardens. Some aspects of a traditional Zen Garden have been modified to allow for both wheelchair accessibility and the climate of the courtyard space.