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DETAILS

LocationLos Angeles, California
ClientOUE Limited
Size2 acres

Originally designed by landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, downtown Los Angeles’ iconic Bunker Hill Steps connect neighborhoods over a series of grade changes. Under new ownership and with increased traffic from residents and office workers, the space was in need of new life – and more shade from the Southern California sun. SWA updated the planting palette and introduced custom bull-nosed planters that fit tightly into the cascading staircase, establishing new canopy among the steps’ series of terraces and landings. The reinvigoration of this important pedestrian route (complemented by an escalator on the west side) provides enhanced accessibility and appeal for the cafes, shops, and dining areas for which the original development is famed.

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