Spring Park

Los Angeles
2022 - 2023

57,750 ft2 / 5,400 m2

In a moment of decline in urban foot traffic, this project was tasked with reconsidering what a new urban retail destination might look like.  Recognizing the importance of “experience” as an attractor, and considering the programmatic need to build up, the question became how to attract visitors both to the site, as well as up through its levels.  Recognizing the experience of outdoor sun-drenched plantings as being quintessential to LA, the project draws on the idea of a “hanging garden” by deploying a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces, hardscapes and greenscapes, and a lyrical, spiraling red stair to draw eyes and feet upward.  Programmatically combining retail, a food hall, an art gallery, restaurant and roof bar, spaces become progressively more lush as one ascends, until arriving at a spectacular hanging garden at the top floor, which serves as an outdoor dining terrace.  From there, the roof bar is a sort of high desert garden, with seating and trellises derived from the building’s underlying classical grid, which brings order to the whole.

designers: Adam Sokol; Shaina Yang; Wei-Hung Chen

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