Imagine a parking lot that’s inviting enough for a picnic. What had been a sea of asphalt was developed into an inviting space for Patagonia’s employees that also happens to function as a parking lot.

Every square inch is utilized. Arbors are outfitted with photovoltaic panels, covered with vines, and planted below with California native plants that bloom throughout the year. Special gardens were added that attract butterflies. Composting bins cycle nutrients. And those picnic tables set amid the cars and shaded by the arbors?

It’s wonderful to see that people really do eat lunch there and enjoy the landscape. The parking lot is the first thing visitors to Patagonia see as well, and its innovative plan is right in line with the vision of this forward-thinking company.