El Centro Gardens:
We were approached by our friends at DLJ to make a concept for their development in central Hollywood. A property that comprised an entire city block and two levels. What we came up with was a maximal gardenscape for 6 distinct courtyard areas and several thoroughfares, each with their own microclimatic challenges.
Two years and more than 30,000 plants later, the El Centro gardens project opened as an unlikely oasis in the heart of one of the busiest cities on Earth. From overgrown South American and African xeric gardens, to splashes of cycads and bamboo, to densely planted tropical zones of large climbing Monsteras, giant elephant ears with leaves the size of Volkswagens, and a canopy of massive 40-year-old Javanese fishtail palms, as well as several lush semi-tropical zones. Taken together, one forgets they are just steps-away from the iconic walk-of-fame on Hollywood Blvd. We also brought in LA artist Sofia Londono to make 3 large ceramic murals, custom ceramic pots for a lathhouse of rare hanging Bromeliads, and an architectural model currently on display in El Centro’s lobby.