Playa Vista Central Park

Located on the former site of Howard Hughes’ aircraft facility, Playa Vista Central Park is part of the last entitled development sites remaining in the Los Angeles area. Conceived as a public art installation, the park is organized into a series of distinct landscape experiences unified by a central spine and linear bands of specimen trees.

A central nine-acre park consisting of sports courts, playground, soccer field, botanical gardens, water features, and a bandshell, serves as the social hub for the campus. Each parcel has park-front access or direct views to the central green providing a strong relationship between architecture and landscape architecture. Richly landscaped courts and roof gardens are integrated with the proposed and historic buildings providing tenants with easy access to the famed outdoor environment of Southern California.

Marked with signature benches and earth forms, the entry plaza greets visitors to the park before leading them into a berm garden that features bold installations of regionally-appropriate plant material. Central to the park is a function lawn and performance pavilion surrounded by bosques of shade trees. Colorful sports courts and an imaginative children’s garden beyond seem to float in the middle of a nearby lake and provide a unique identity to the park.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Team: Michael Maltzan Architects

AIA-California Council 2011 Merit