Sunset Triangle Plaza

Designers: Rios Clementi Hale Studios | City: Los Angeles, CA | Project Type: pedestrian plaza
Date Visited: 11.27.12

Locations: W Sunset Blvd & Griffith Park Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026
Size: 11,000 sq ft
Official Opening Date: March 4, 2012

Inspired by the power and success of pop-up pedestrian plazas in New York City, LA has started to experiment with their own urban streets. In a one-year pilot project led by Streets for People (S4P) and designed by the multidisciplinary firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios, Sunset Triangle Plaza opened earlier this year at the temporarily closed section of Griffith Park Blvd between Edgecliffe Dr. and Maltman Ave.

Rendering. Source: RCH Studio

The new pedestrian plaza has been painted a bright green polka-dot pattern and decorated with moveable seating, tables, umbrellas and potted planters. These types of pop-up plazas are a relatively quick and easy to introduce more park space into cities and the hope is that if this demonstration project is successful, LA will begin to see a growth in pedestrian-friendly spaces.

And lucky me, I visited on a farmer’s market day. The small plaza was lined with booths selling produce, meats, cheese, crafts, and sweets. Spaces were carved out for moveable seating beneath large, bright green umbrellas to match the paving. Farther down, there was even a large bounce play castle for kids.

Though the plaza was small and showing signs of wear on the pavement, I really enjoyed the space. It was a fun area to stay, chat and linger for a while, a feeling that was almost out of place in fast-paced L.A.

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