ArtsPark at Young Circle is a significant cultural center and urban design project located in downtown Hollywood. It is a 10-acre innovative cultural arts destination and active and passive landscaped environment.
The initial design challenge was to mitigate several major dysfunctional aspects of the site, which is a circle surrounded by a busy, one-way thoroughfare with multiple cross entries. The park immerses its visitors in a sensory environment through award-winning, innovative architecture, native landscape, and extraordinary public visual and performing arts programming alongside community adhoc activities. ArtsPark at Young Circle is comprised of two buildings: the Visual Arts Pavilion, providing the public options for community classes, a glass blowing studio, metal studio, painting studio, exhibition program, classroom and support facilities, and outdoor covered classroom spaces; and the Performing Arts Pavilion with lawn seating, a state-of-the-art stage, equipment, and support spaces. The Park concept embraces this vision to link the natural environment of existing trees to the creative spirit of art in an articulated landscape, through the integration of unique and interactive elements. It is also important to celebrate the distinctive aspects of this environment, especially the unique Baobab trees, while exploring the layering of senses and creating many opportunities for users to spend time in the park to connect to each other and to the historic architecture of Hollywood’s Lakes District. Also incorporated into the project is a commissioned public art project by Ritsuko Taho, titled Millennium Springs, which connects water and the environment through the lens of a Baobab tree and the central fountain.