Plaza Tower and Town Center Park

Designed by Peter Walker and Partners, the park is located in California.

A separate parking structure and retail shops complement this cluster of activities, all converging toward the entry court. The court becomes thus the focal point of the overall urban scheme, at the junction between the realms of automobile and pedestrian circulations.


Fronting Plaza Tower — a bold, bow-fronted building clad in stainless steel — is the equally bold parterre of stainless steel and water geometries. A series of 4-inch bands of steel, stretched across the surface of the entry court, visually connect the tower with the parking structure. Framing the court are twin fountains displaying concentric rings, also of stainless steel, that form a series of alternating weirs and pools. Bollards with lights provide a vertical counterpoint to this planar composition.

To complement this play of reflective and seamless surfaces, a site-specific sculpture by Aiko Miyawaki, Utsurohi, traces moving curves of stainless steel against the sky. The leaves of poplar and purple-leaf plum rustle, the slick elements of steel, like the reflective pools, mirror the variations in daylight and the movement of clouds across the skies. When the bow-fronted tower increases the velocity of the wind, one may marvel at the smooth surface of the fountains, whose water quietly glides into dark circles. The court, animated by the passage of pedestrians and cars, is a taut plane; simple, but not simplistic, it allows for both wonder and mystery.

Project awards:
A.S.L.A. Honor Award (Design)
A.I.A. Orange County Honors Award

text&images: http://www.pwpla.com

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