Levi’s Plaza


Date:
1982
Architect:
Halprin, Lawrence
Neighborhood:
Financial District, San Francisco
Building Type:
Landscape
Address:
Levi's Plaza, San Francisco
Current Name:
Levi's Plaza
Current Use:
Park - privately owned
Current Condition:
Excellent
Status:
Not Listed
Levi’s Plaza was constructed as a 3.2 acre landscaped campus for the employees of Levi Strauss, Inc, but quickly became a favorite amongst the public. Completed in 1982 and designed by Lawrence Halprin, Levi’s Plaza is designed as two distinct spaces bisected by Battery Street – a paved plaza encircled by buildings by HOK and Gensler, and across the street, a pastoral park with rolling hills, cascading waterfalls, and meandering streams.  Buildings occupy only 40 percent of the site, and are grouped around a central plaza featuring a fountain capped by a two-ton block of carnelian granite, over which water spills into a pool below.

The plaza paving continues across Battery Street where a flight of stairs descends to the eastern park, introducing the informal park. Unlike the hard edges and planar geometry of the paved plaza, the park space has artificially created grassy hills with a stream that flows through waterfalls and stepping stones.

Sources:
The Cultural Landscape Foundation: http://tclf.org/content/levi-plaza

Design by the Bay: http://designbythebay.com/2008/12/halprin-gardens-levis-plaza/

Image Credits:
Design by the Bay

San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

Travelpod user Debsndarren

Flickr user HOK Network

 

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