Tongva Park and Ken Genser Town Square

Project Tongva Park and Ken Genser Town Square
Location Santa Monica, California
Client City of Santa Monica
Architect James Corner Field Operations – New York
Market Gaming and Recreation
Scope A Design-Build Institute of America Western Pacific Region – 2014 Design Excellence and Regional Project of the Year award winner.

Shaped by extensive community participation, the design of Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square creates a contemporary, sustainable, and transformative urban landscape that redefines the center of Santa Monica and makes new connections between Palisades Park, the Santa Monica Pier, and Santa Monica Civic Center.

Inspired by the Southern California arroyo landscape of washes and ravines that once defined the site, a series of braided pathways appear to organically emerge from the footsteps of City Hall, extend west to Ocean Avenue, and weave the park into the fabric of the City. Dramatic rising and falling topography reinforces the fluid pathway system and organizes the site into four thematic hilltop areas, each calibrated to a different primary use and experience.

This Design-build project utilized Building Information Technology at every phase of the project, coordinating a complex topography, detailing of custom finishes and fixtures, a network of infrastructure from lighting to water features, as well as a strategic planting plan.