The name "Central Park" usually conjures up images of romantic carriage rides in Manhattan, but there's a new park with the same name on the West Coast that could give its East Coast counterpart a run for its money. An urban infill project built on the site of Howard Hughes' old LA headquarters, the 9 acre public outdoor space has been described as a "designer" park in reference to its perfectly manicured landscaping, relaxing "outdoor rooms," amphitheaters, and crisscrossing bands or "bridges," which are actually special programs that extend across the park. Designed by Michael Maltzan Architects, the park also features ponds and pools, sporting facilities, native plantings and cool outdoor structures like the turban-shaped bandshell seen above.
Michael Maltzen Architects collaborated with landscape architect James Burnett to design the park as part of the mixed use Playa Vista development. While the space is currently bordered by vacant land, a new business district is currently in the works and eventually, employees will be able to enjoy Central Park on their lunch breaks.
Seen from above, the geometric swathes of planted green land resemble a verdant patchwork quilt. The diagonal bands that break up the landscape are actually pathways for pedestrians to walk, but they also contain basketball courts, seating areas, playgrounds and other little compartments of fun for visitors to stumble upon. The park also features a series of stillwater ponds and pools that play an active role in groundwater remediation in addition to adding a cooling, soothing element to the space for visitors to enjoy.