The LAPD Police Administration Building is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Charged with creating an accessible, environmentally friendly (LEED gold), and welcoming civic space for the people who live and work downtown, the landscape design creates both physical and metaphorical connections between the community and the police department. Not only intended for use by the police officers and civil employees, the grounds are used by office workers and neighborhood residents throughout the day and evening.
The building and site were designed to complement and accentuate adjacent downtown buildings. For instance, the site’s main plaza opens to the historic LA City Hall building across First Street, creating a physical connection between these two branches of government. To the South, the palm grove lining the great lawn formally recalls the façade of the nearby LA Times Building. The Memorial Garden is directly across from the hypergraphic “200” address sign of the iconic Caltrans building across the street. The building and landscape is also aligned with the historic St. Vibiana Church to the southeast.
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Landscape Architect: Melendrez
Awards: AIA/LA Building Team of the Year;
LABC Award of Excellence; ASLA Southern California Honor Award
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