Los Angeles Civic Center Master Planning
Our master development plan presented a holistic vision for a vibrant mixed-use community uniting municipal, cultural, retail and residential facilities in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.
ClientCity of Los Angeles
LocationLos Angeles, CA
The new civic heart of Los Angeles
The City of Los Angeles controls a number of fragmented properties and facilities in the broader Civic Center area – some of which house critical municipal functions, while others are under-utilized or nearing the end of usability. Our master plan outlined the area’s potential to become one of LA’s most robust transit-oriented developments, evolving the area from a single-use public facilities district into a vibrant 24/7 mixed-use community. The strategy comprises a six-phase development sequence featuring more than 1.2 million square feet of new civic office space through the development of three new public-owned civic buildings, two private developments on City property, and the creation of new public space on the existing City Hall East parcel.
The Civic Square will be a focal point of this development, providing a contemporary spin on the traditional European square, creating a defining central gathering point for civic employees, residents and visitors alike. Accessibility, connectivity, and City Hall’s iconic architecture informed the planning framework, expressed through a diagonal axis that connects City Hall both visually and physically with surrounding communities. The concept land use plan and urban design guidelines will ensure a vibrant public realm with active ground floor uses and flexibly programmed open spaces.