Playa Vista Recreational Center, Los Angeles, energy efficient building, recreational center, LEED Platinum certification, fitness facility, Rios Clementi Hale Studios, Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), green architecture, passive cooling, natural ventilation, internal courtyards, solar panels, drought-tolerant plants, green roof, swimming pool

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.

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Playa Vista Recreational Center, Los Angeles, energy efficient building, recreational center, LEED Platinum certification, fitness facility, Rios Clementi Hale Studios, Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), green architecture, passive cooling, natural ventilation, internal courtyards, solar panels, drought-tolerant plants, green roof, swimming pool

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 75 percent of the building.

+ Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Photos by Tom Bonner