The sustainable Playa Vista Recreational Center is set amid a network of green spaces in Los Angeles. Designed by Rios Clementi Hale Studios, the LEED Platinum-certified recreational facility includes planted walls, expansive glass surfaces, and cozy internal courtyards that enable natural ventilation, among other environmentally friendly and energy-efficient features that earned the building awards from The American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles (AIA|LA) and US Green Building Council, Los Angeles (USGBC-LA) as well as awards from land-use and business advocacy organizations, the Westside Urban Forum (WUF) and Los Angeles Business Council (LABC).
The building is broken up into public and private areas by a large corridor that runs diagonally through the structure. This route forms the building’s spine and links the residential buildings of the Playa Vista community to the new Runway development to the east.
The site is populated with palm trees, while the 7,800 square foot planted roof featuring drought-tolerant plant species helps maintain stable indoor temperatures. Parts of the roof surface not covered in vegetation are equipped with solar panels and a recyclable light-colored PVC membrane. Internal courtyards facilitate natural ventilation, with passive cooling systems harnessing coastal breezes to ventilate 80 percent of the building.
Photos by Tom Bonner