3 Design Things To Do This Weekend: Hyperion Ave, Brody House, Tongva Park

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Three Design Events DnA recommends you check out this weekend.

hyperion_tourHyperion Avenue Open Tour

Did you know a one-mile swath of Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake is home to some of LA’s leading architectural talent? Join de LaB on Saturday, October 19th for a self-directed tour of five fascinating architecture studios, all within walking distance of one another: Michael Maltzan Architecture, Warren Techentin Architecture (WTARCH),MASS Architecture & DesignLehrer Architects, and MAKE Architecture.

Saturday October 19
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The tour is self-directed; tickets and a map will be issued via email on Friday, October 18. Afterwards, join the group for buy-your-own happy hour from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Hyperion Public
2538 Hyperion Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

LA Conservancy Fall Benefit at Brody House 

The Conservancy is holding its 2013 Fall Benefit at the magnificent Brody House in Holmby Hills, designed by famed architect A. Quincy Jones with interiors by legendary designer William Haines.

Completed in 1951 and spanning more than 11,000 square feet, the Brody House is an early example of Mid–Century Modernism at an extraordinary scale. This architectural masterpiece recently underwent a sensitive restoration and still features many of Haines’ original furnishings.

The Brody House exemplifies modern glamour and sophistication. Its true brilliance can be fully experienced only in person, by exploring its breathtaking interior and exterior living spaces, both elegant and serene.

This is an incredibly rare opportunity to spend an evening at the Brody House. Tickets on sale today until 5 PM.

Image Courtesy of Larry Underhill

Opening of Tongva Park

IMG_9419On Saturday, Oct. 19, the City of Santa Monica will celebrate the opening of its Civic Center Parks, encompassing roughly 7 ocean-view acres in Santa Monica’s Civic Center, stretching from the footsteps of City Hall to Ocean Avenue. The two new centrally-located parks include Tongva Park, a 6-acre oasis located between Ocean Avenue and Main Street, and Ken Genser Square, a new public gathering space in front of City Hall.

Designed by James Corner Field Operations, the team behind New York’s High Line, Tongva Park was inspired by the Southern California arroyo landscape of washes and ravines that once defined the site. The park packs a lot into its relatively small size: abundant trees, natives and desert planting, contemplative gravel paths, fountains,  a play area, picnic tables, and a performance lawn, as well as two viewing platforms offering majestic views of the Pacific Ocean.

The name, which puzzles many people on first blush, Tongva Park, honors the area’s original inhabitants.

The celebration will feature music, crafts, storytelling, food trucks, and tours of the park’s diverse horticulture and innovative design elements. Tongva culture will be presented through traditional stories, songs, indigenous dances, and ceremonies. The designer James Corner will be there as well as others from the creative team.

Saturday, October 19, 2013
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tongva Park, 1615 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, Calif.