The retail environment is transforming into an experiential setting. At Westfield’s Century City Flagship Mall in Los Angeles the design team, including Kelly Weartsler, reimagined the existing outdoor retail environment for the modern-day shopper. The plazas, terraces, gardens and water elements evoke the casual elegance of outdoor Southern California living. A mid-century modern aesthetic informs the curated plantings throughout the project. Groves of olive trees are a nod to the area’s Mediterranean legacy and the sculptural berms feature native grasses and shaded seating enclaves that provide respite from the sun and shopping.
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 feature climate appropriate specimens selected for their sculptural and textural qualities. Raised planters, olive trees and outdoor fire pits are arranged effortlessly to provide cozy lounging areas for visitors to gather and relax day and night. Green walls and trees planted on structure are strategically integrated into the design, with hanging planters that feature a variety of aromatic plants and flowers providing a layered visual appeal.