In order to create a welcoming interface between the University and adjoining Westwood Village, HplusF reconfigured the campus walkway system to disengage it from vehicular circulation, providing a gently curved lawn and low brick walls to define the pedestrian entry experience.
The need for a cohesive identity for the entry to the Campus prompted UCLA Capital Programs to invite us to develop a Master Plan. Our analysis indicated that an evolutionary plan which rectified the relationship of pedestrian ways, automobile access, and building orientation by a system of rules would extend and enhance the "formula" for the original campus, and thus provide continuity throughout the campus community.
The design extends the gracious lawns and axial paths of the campus in order to introduce the public to the academic character of the University. Behind a signature wall, a quiet courtyard framed with water leads to a procession of monumental lanterns which symbolize the university motto: Let there be light.