Shortlisted Proposal for Pershing Green in Los Angeles
WHY was selected the winner of an international competition to redesign the landmark Ross Pavilion and surrounding parkland of West Princes Street Gardens. Located on a UNESCO world heritage site, the project requires a highly sensitive approach to reviving an important public space at the heart of the city. Our response applies practices of wilding to restore the Scottish landscape, creating a synthesis of structural design and organic growth; rather than designing a “building in a park,” we set out to design a park which defines the architecture.
Collectively known as The Quaich Project, a reference to the traditional Scottish sharing cup, the development is characterized by an ethos of collaboration and wide-ranging public engagement. Located at the intersection of the city’s old and new towns, the site serves as the foreground of the city’s most iconic landmark, Castle Rock. It is an area of unique cultural, historical, and ecological importance, and extensive engagement with stakeholders – among them, local residents, civic leaders, art consultants, horticulturists and historians – was crucial to our strategy of re-integrating a biodiverse Scottish landscape.