The outward expression of this exuberant community landscape protects the private, therapeutic garden spaces embedded within. Children’s Institute, a family center in the heart of Watts, nourishes and supports the strong surrounding community and celebrates long standing neighborhood partnerships with the LAPD and the 40-year-old Gang Task Force. 

This durable garden was created for the delight, inspiration and comfort of children, families and staff. 

In its warmth and vibrancy, the landscape of the entry courtyard welcomes staff and visitors with a large space for playful social gatherings. The warm ruddy tones of Leucadendron, Arctostaphylos and Bronze Loquat trees surround stacked cedar plinths that serves as both seat and stage. 

A lush secret garden at the building’s perimeter provides a protected environment that filters out the busy urban context. Dotted along the garden path within the arching bamboo of the secret shady garden are intimate spaces for personal reflection and healing discussion.

Architecture offices involved in the design: Gehry Partners (Design Architect), CHAIT & Company (Executive Architect)

Location: 10200 Success Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90002, USA

Design year: 2019

Year Completed: 2021


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