Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds

Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds

San Francisco, CA, 2018

Structural Architect: Endres Studio

Civil Engineer: BKF

Interactive Play Designer: Anti-Clockwise Arts, George Zisiadis

Signage Designer: Mayer Reed

Lighting Designer: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

Electrical Engineer: FW Associates

The Helen Diller Family Foundation commissioned Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture to design and implement two re-imagined playgrounds facing City Hall in San Francisco’s historic Civic Center Plaza. A collaborative process with The Trust for Public Land and the Recreation and Parks Department encouraged inter-agency coordination and community participation for this challenging area.

The playgrounds are unique and artful play spaces that fit with the scale of Civic Center, creating an inspiring, fun and safe place for families. Children play within a forest of slender poles, climbing into clouds that have been tethered like the fog rolling through the city. In the evenings, an interactive light show and twinkling pillars join the two playgrounds and activate the plaza.

photography: Bruce Damonte

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