Looks like April Fool’s Day falls on April 2 this year. How else to explain the rendering above that arrived in The Eastsider’s inbox today with an announcement of the approval of Phase Two of Sunset Triangle Plaza – aka Polka Dot Plaza – in Silver Lake. The proposal from an outfit called Studio LKAB features 176 lime-green, polycarbonate cylinders that would light up at night among the polka dots that now fill a section of a traffic-free, pedestrian plaza on Griffith Park Boulevard. Here’s how it would work:
The cylinders each will house a concrete and steel base, protecting the plaza from the traffic nearby. The new visibility introduced by the cylinders will also alert drivers to the plaza’s presence, as well as provide acoustical diffusion of traffic noise to the patrons within. As an added benefit, since visibility is somewhat compromised once within, chance encounters are encouraged. Pop around a cylinder, and run into a long lost friend, or rediscover that store you may have forgotten about. A true urban park where everyone can discover something new with each visit.
Who is behind Studio LKAB? “We are just a bunch of bored architects,” is the reply. Now the question is which is a bigger joke? A street filled with green polka dots or green tubes?