Our Tower Park project creates a verdant public landscape floating over the street with panoramic views of Vancouver. The project uses landscape as a means of connecting the project to the broader narratives of Vancouver; its industrial past, rich ecology, and cultural vibrancy. Conceptually the project creates a pine forest, punctuated by a rolling lawn that serves as an amphitheater connecting the housing towers to the city.
This urban infill project will add 270+ units of housing and a publicly accessible open space to a rapidly developing transit oriented district in the San Fernando Valley. Drawing upon the site’s natural setting within the alluvial flood plain of the Los Angeles River, the landscape flows from the western street frontage through the building to the podium level amenity deck depositing a variety of landscape features along its path. Landforms, native plants, repurposed logs and boulders, work together to express the history of the place, both natural and cultural.
In collaboration with SOM, the Twin Creeks Linear Park Competition reconsiders the pattern of development for 15,000 acres of open fields on the periphery of Kansas City. Weaving together the natural forms of the creeks and the existing development framework of the Jeffersonian grid proposes a new pattern of mixed-use construction and open space connections linking the area’s future 75,000 inhabitants with the natural environment creating a unique creek-centric urbanism that supports human occupation while addressing the need for flood resilient communities.
This 1920 Los Feliz hillside estate is a Spanish colonial remix. The hillside gardens of this home will create a botanical garden of cactus and succulents referencing both local and exotic horticultures. Stylistically, the gardens work as a mediating device between a new modern aesthetic and its historical past.
A conceptual study for the re-branding of an existing mixed use apartment building to include an outdoor food marketplace in what was originally intended to be wholesale space for vendors. The concept melds together artists, innovative food entrepreneurs, and the everyday public within an urban open space of pedestrian streets, covered walks and outdoor gardens to create a new model for urban retail in the heart of the historic core.
Loco’l is about real fast food made with the ideology, heart, and science of a chef. Superjacent collaborated with Chef Roy Choi and partner Daniel Patterson to create conceptual landscape strategies centered on access, empowerment, revolution and craft to create strong connections with the Watts community. In addition to outdoor patio seating, new ways were envisioned for the sidewalk, street and parking lot to serve as zones for programming community events.
In a near future Los Angeles....
....the lines between urban and ecological challenges have become a blur. In the landscape of the Anthropocene everything we do, want, eat or dream requires careful consideration, as our individual actions have global impacts. Strong will and an adventurous spirit will be required to tackle the urban and environmental challenges of the future, resulting in new lifestyle paradigms to emerge that are rooted in an expression of the individual yet interconnected across society.
The cultural landscape of Los Angeles is rich in both history and context, yet often appears ostentatious and wasteful - a landscape predicated on auto-centric suburban urbanism and an unsustainable thirst for water. Suburbia is a unique vestige of cultural landscapes long entrenched in the history of private gardens. Private gardens have long been accessible to only the wealthiest classes of society, designed as cultural representations of the needs and desires of the landowner. The invention of Suburbia inverted this relationship between private gardens and wealth, creating opportunities for everyday individual to have a lawn of their own. In the production of suburban regions, landscape became normalized and no longer expressed the individual, but rather mirrored visions of a singular ‘American Dream.’ Lawns, manicured hedges and concrete patios emerged as the new vernacular, around the world, devoid of a reaction to local culture and climate. The 20th century created widespread access to the private garden as “oasis”, but under the pretense of a narrow aesthetic vision of American ideals.
In the wake of chronic drought, a new landscape vernacular has emerged that moves away from lawn to low water solutions of gravel and native plants. But, is trading lawn for gravel enough? How can the people of Los Angeles get back to the original premise of the private garden – the idea of a private “oasis? How can these gardens of the future be both culturally and ecologically performative? With the rich architectural and cultural diversity of Los Angeles, why do residential gardens have to follow a singular expression of outdoor living? How can a garden express our individual personalities while at the same time address our biggest environmental and spatial challenges?
Rather than lose our cultural landscapes in the name of efficiency and performance, a symbiotic relationship can emerge where societal needs are met through the interests and pursuits of individual Angelenos. By thinking of the residential landscape as a single building block within the urbanized region of Southern California, these gardens can work together as network to multiply their impact, scaling up to provide solutions to regional challenges.
Anticipating these new lifestyle paradigms that bring together the dreams and desires of the individual with the collective consciousness and limited resources of the city at large, the Fitzpatrick-Leland House serves as a model site for the development of gardens of collective individualism. The grounds of the Fitzpatrick-Leland House, originally designed as a speculative real estate venture for no specific owner, are re-imagined as the very specific oasis of three speculative owners. These hypothetical Angelenos of the future find themselves living in a city now defined by its interconnected patchwork of ecology and urbanity, a place and time where cities are the answers to our biggest challenges, no longer the cause.
Third and Traction is new creative community in the heart of the arts district of Downtown LA. The project will bring a new retail and restaurant experience to the district that is tied together through a series of outdoor spaces. These spaces include a rooftop restaurant, private roof gardens and an alley plaza. Superjacent collaborated to provide design direction for the outdoor experience of the project.
This 10 acre public landscape is spread across over 100' of grade change and unites the LAC + USC Medical Campus. The public gardens are divided into three landscape typologies, creating unique landscape experiences for patients, their families and hospital staff. The design of these typologies analyzes and abstracts the dominant regional landscapes of the mountains, valleys and coastal ecologies of southern California to create a distinct sense of place throughout the campus.
Tony Paradowski was project designer through all phases of design an for LAC+ USC while at Rios Clementi Hale Studios.
City Labs is a purpose-driven work space for Boyle Heights innovators, entrepreneurs, and small business. The landscape converts a parking lot into a public space through temporary and tactical interventions. Seating elements, painted patterning and moveable planters create a suite of flexible interventions allowing the incubator to re-envision the outdoor space specific to their shifting programmatic needs.
The renovation of this classic Southern California motel aims to retain its mid-century modern lineage while adding new sustainable gathering spaces. Drawing inspiration from the adjacent canyon to create a formal language for the motel landscape - guests will move through a series of outdoor rooms designed for recreation and relaxation. Private gardens attached to each room extend the living space of each room while creating strong indoor-outdoor relationships connecting the motel guests to the surrounding canyon and mountain views.
This adaptive mixed-use project restores a historic structure and adds a series of new buildings to create a micro-block of housing and retail. Inspired by the historic mission plaza and yard landscapes, the project creates strong spatial relationship between structures and open spaces to become vibrant social spaces. Also outward reaching, the passageways and plazas seamlessly connect to the adjacent walkable community, creating a new neighborhood attractor and public space for the neighborhood.
Columbia Square is a 668,000 SF mixed-use urban campus in the heart of Hollywood. The campus is centered around the renovation of a 1938 CBS studio designed by William Lescaze, famous for recording artists such as Lucille Ball to Neil Young. By adding new structures to this rich historic site, an urban village emerges comprised of three new buildings, providing office, retail, hotel and apartments. Stiching together the whole campus is a block-long linear landscape designed to reference the nearby Hollywood Hills. This canyon moment creates zones for outdoor workspaces, gathering areas such as the Studio Steps bleacher and civic public spaces such as Sunset Plaza on Sunset Blvd.
Tony Paradowski and Christopher Torres led the landscape design effort through all phases of design for Columbia Square while at Rios Clementi Hale Studios.
This adaptive re-use project converts a historic structure to 60+ units of housing in addition to retail space. Starting from the streetscape, reaching up towards private balconies and finally on the roof deck, the landscape creates a distinct strata of landscape experiences. These layers are inspired by the rich history, everyday landscapes and vibrant ecologies of the neighborhood and region.
This historic hillside residence originally designed by Richard Neutra in the 1930’s is being carefully and meticulously restored inside and out. Although the site is extremely tight and steeply graded, the design of the landscape provides a simple and complete integration of the home with its surrounding context. Along with the wide terraces of each floor, small outdoor areas allow for the ease of southern California living and panoramic views of the hills.
Grand Park’s design creates a distinctive, interconnected and inviting civic space for the County of Los Angeles. Inspired by the diversity of the people of that settled our great City of Los Angeles, the design of the 12 acre urban park creates a diverse set of open spaces that allow for a variety of programs that celebrate the unique qualities of our city. Intended as the “backyard” for the city, Grand Park’s gardens and opens spaces celebrate our Mediterranean climate and the many plant varieties and peoples that we have come to call our own.
Transforming the original design of the Civic Mall, the design of Grand Park creates an accessible urban open space connecting the four blocks of the park with it’s 92 feet of grade change to the surrounding downtown communities and the County of Los Angeles as a whole.
Grand Park is the “Park for Everyone” as decried in 26 languages on the entry markers welcoming all.
Tony Paradowski led the landscape design effort through all phases of design and construction for Grand Park while a Senior Associate at Rios Clementi Hale Studios.
Partner Chris Torres co-curated the summer 2017 edition of the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design newsletter on public space in Los Angeles. The project pulls together city leaders, designers and artists to re-think the notion of public space in Los Angeles and build a road map towards a more equitable city.