BLACK CAT GARDEN

Silverlake, CA

The urban oasis is a place of reflection at the confluence of two of Los Angeles' major boulevards in the heart of Silverlake, California.  An urban matt is conceived of a field of folded planes. The matt is then applied to the site and extruded creating a raised plinth. The folding topography is a planar surface of recycled rubber. Circulation paths cut through the garden running in the north-south orientation. The paths offer both physical and visual connections through the lush landscaping, connecting Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards. The reinforced concrete walls of the planters take on the shape of the section of the folded landscape. Built-in seating is integral to the concrete planter walls, the seats are lit from underneath and highlight the decomposed granite paths. Rectangular corten steel inserts define slots of green and contain the low-maintenance, drought-tolerant landscaping. Clumping timber bamboo creates a dense garden of green seen sprouting from the rubber groundcover. From one perspective a dense urban forest is seen within the city, while at the same time, from the boulevards, transparency and openness is maintained via the transverse paths. Columns of light stand 30’ tall and are imbedded within the flora and equipped with programmable LED’s. As a result, a rainbow of ever-changing  lighting effects can be achieved.

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