Westfield Century City

SUSTAINABILITY STATISTICS

LAND

  • A series of erosion control strategies were implemented on- site, including geotextiles to stabilize soils and plants selected for root stability.
  • A pre-design soil assessment was conducted, allowing the project to conserve healthy soils and amend others.
  • A soil management plan was created and communicated.

PLANTING

  • 135 trees were planted including desert museum palo verde, European olive tree, and swan hill olive.
  • 78 trees on-site were removed because the owner insisted they be taken down. However, for every tree removed two trees were installed.
  • Westfield preserved a large existing Morton fig tree on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Avenue of the Stars.
  • Four date palm trees and three European olive trees were transplanted.
  • 100% native or adaptive plant types were used.

WATER

  • Water is captured in a tank underneath the building and used for cooling.
  • The design reduces outdoor water usage by using low-water-usage planting.

CARBON, ENERGY + AIR

  • The planting strategy reduces temperatures in urban areas.
  • The trees sequester 16,200 pounds of carbon annually, which offset driving 22,037 miles in an average car.**

ECONOMICS

  • There was an increase in the property value due to project installation.
  • Job and volunteer opportunities were created on-site.

SOCIAL

  • The shopping center aims to counteract trends toward online retail, by acting as a place for people to shop, dine, find entertainment, and meet up with friends. The landscape is crucial for supporting the California outdoor lifestyle. It will have outdoor lounges and children’s play areas. The outdoor space creates an experience for users at the mall beyond simply shopping.
  • The project supports alternative modes of transportation, with bike racks and metro stops that connect east and west LA.  
  • The project provides optimal site accessibility, safety, and wayfinding.
  • The project was a catalyst for development. Public transit, pedestrian friendly sidewalks, and added planting were all a part of the redevelopment process.

**120 pounds of CO2 per tree annually (This number is based on an average from the National Tree Benefits Calculator) One car produces an average of 8,320 pounds of CO2 per year. Each vehicle drives an average of 11,318 miles per year. (The Code of Federal Regulations - 40 CFR 600.113)

Westfield Century City

Westfield Century City is a $700M upgrade to the existing outdoor mall in the heart of Century City in Los Angeles, CA. The re-imagined experience features 422,000 SF of new retail space punctuated by 70 new high-fashion streetside boutiques for a total of 220 shops and restaurants. 

Eight acres of outdoor space, including a new central courtyard plaza leads visitors through open-air cafés and plazas housing world-class restaurants, while several central event and entertainment spaces activate the site day and night.  Westfield Century City’s transformation is home to Nordstrom’s three-level Los Angeles flagship store featuring its latest design concepts, a completely remodeled three-level Bloomingdale’s, a brand-new two-level Macy’s, as well as the world-renowned Eataly, the largest Italian marketplace in the world.

OJB Landscape Architecture was commissioned to design Westfield’s flagship retail presence with Kelly Wearstler and the Westfield Design Studio.  The design team’s holistic approach integrated architecture, interior design and landscape architecture, creating an unparalleled retail experience.

The plazas, terraces, gardens and water elements featured at Westfield Century City are foundational to the overall retail experience in Southern California and inject unique sensory encounters for the modern-day shopper.  A Mid-Century Modern aesthetic informs the curated plantings throughout the project while groves of olive trees are a nod to the area’s Mediterranean legacy. Sculptural berms featuring native grasses and shaded seating enclaves provide respite in a unique garden setting and simple architectural planters unify the space.

A tranquil urban oasis is fostered by canopies of palm trees floating above pools of water that create subtle movement of reflected light and shade. Pathway planting throughout the project features climate appropriate specimens selected for their sculptural and textural qualities.  Raised planters, olive trees and outdoor fire pits are layered effortlessly to provide cozy lounging areas for visitors to gather and relax day and night.  Green walls and trees planted on structure are showcased on every level of the project as are hanging planters that feature a variety of aromatic plants and flowers.   

As the centerpiece of the project, the Atrium is a state-of-the-art entertainment and events venue that affords flexible space for a variety of programs including performances, fashion shows and art exhibits.  Two 50-year-old heritage olive trees were carefully preserved and transplanted at the event terrace and are accentuated by a water feature that adds reflected light to the space.  Movable planters allow for ever changing points of interest and activities. 

The landscape design pays particular attention to each entry to the project, drawing the shopper in through groves of olive trees adorned with whimsical lighting at the West Santa Monica Boulevard entrance and offering a distinctive hanging vine planter at the East Santa Monica Boulevard entrance.  The entry at Constellation Boulevard employs geometric paving and sculptural landscape elements.  While each entry corridor is visually unique, an exposed aggregate-honed concrete paving provides continuity throughout the project.  The perimeter streetscape features stunning desert museum Palo Verde trees that celebrate a cohesive modern architectural vision for the project. Bold and lush planting vignettes extend into the parking garage to create a green vertical core in a space typically dominated by concrete and hardscape. 

OJB Landscape Architecture collaborated with Westfield Design Studio and Kelly Wearstler to create a transformational experience underscored by thoughtfully designed gardens, plazas, and terraces that integrate seamlessly with Westfield Century City’s modern Southern Californian architecture

Location: Century City, CA

Team: Gensler, Kelly Wearstler Design, Selbert Perkins, RA Smith National, HLB Lighting Design

Photo Credit: Dan Netz, QCP