04
07
01
03
08
06
05_2
02
09
10

Figure Ground

Los Angeles Skywalk  |  Second Ground

SCI_Arc  |  Seven weeks

This project reimagines the Bunker Hill pedestrian walkways in Los Angeles, California.

Skywalk acts as a new ground.  It is an elevated plane, draped amongst the city, and delaminated to form volume within.  Skywalk exists independent of its surroundings; it is its own object and its own environment. The new ground, elevates pedestrian traffic and provides a new foundation for urban development.

 

As an extension of the “space between,” Skywalk provides an opportunity to design a mediating field condition simultaneously separating and connecting distinct parts of the city.  It is a public venue linking multiple unique programatic experiences.

The figure of the ground was composed by connecting preexisting rooftop plazas and strategically cutting away the surface to reveal the ground below.  This introduces oblique surfaces to an infrastructure that is otherwise one-dimensional.  

Rock-like formations sit both on top of, and within, the second ground.  From the scale of furniture to the scale of a building, these rock-like formations define a mediating field condition. They introduce program, specificity, and unity to Skywalk while interacting with the ground in distinct ways.