The City of Los Angeles has selected landscape architects Mia Lehrer + Associates (MLA) with partners OMA and IDEO to design a new public park at First and Broadway in downtown LA. Located across from Los Angeles City Hall, the new development, to be known as “FAB Park,” will connect into the existing Grand Park, turning the area into one of the city’s most important civic spaces. The design of FAB Park was conceived as a celebration of Los Angeles’ diversity through the themes of food, art and land. A split-level restaurant designed by OMA opens up to the park via a sweeping staircase, and will serve as a new lunch spot for employees of nearby government buildings and locals alike. To provide respite from the hot California sun, the park will feature native oak and sycamore trees alongside an array of OMA-designed sculptural shade canopies. Beneath the canopies, shaded outdoor rooms will give park-goers a space for small group gatherings, food fairs, art installations, and other community events.
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