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Bunker Hill Steps

By Lawrence Halprin


Steps organically curve along the adjoining buildings, with drainage channel; The Bunker Hill Steps linking Hope Street to Fifth Street is Los Angeles' architectural translation of Rome's Spanish Steps, a debt that makes this project a textbook example of postmodernism in landscape architecture. Designed by Lawrence Halprin, the 103 steps are divided by a raised, mock rock bottom cascading water channel that originates at the top of the stairs in a fountain. At the base, the steps lead to the LA Public Library (LIbrary Tower) and rise to connect to Financial District. The stairs curve around garden plantings and public art by Robert Graham and others. Halprin’s nearby designs include the Maguire Gardens at the foot of the library. Source: Los Angeles Times [online edition]; (accessed 7/28/2013

Topics: architecture, contemporary (1960 to present), stairs, Twentieth century, Postmodern
Year: 1990
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