HERCULES PLAYA VISTA
The Historic Site of the Hughes Aircraft Company hosts a new generation of innovators in a remade space that preserves the best of the past while providing for the future. We worked to re-imagine the landscape around six historic buildings with Brenda Levin and Associates for the Ratkovich Company on the Playa Vista campus where Howard Hughes built his Spruce Goose. The innovators that occupy the campus now, including YouTube and 72andSunny, hone their craft throughout the variety of reimagined spaces. Floating wooden decks reflect the Spruce Goose’s wooden frame and protect the roots of an existing grove of California Sycamores. Sweeping forms and smooth materials refer to aviation while the plants and materials palette respect the site’s location just upstream from the delicate ecology of the Ballona Wetlands.