“The Dynamic Heart of Los Angeles”, the vision for Pershing Square submitted by Agence Ter and their fantastic team of designers, planners, and artists, is the winner of our design competition!

We would like to thank all of the talented and imaginative teams who we have worked with over the past few months. It was a pleasure to witness all of the creative and progressive concepts for the future of the heart of Los Angeles.

“This project isn’t a masterpiece, it’s a canvas. But it’s a masterful canvas.”
– Henri Bava, Design Leader, Agence Ter and Team


Agence Ter and Team

With the aim of being capable of realizing the vision for Pershing Square, Agence Ter is pleased to propose a team, largely established in Downtown LA and rich in experience in designing and constructing exceptional spaces that welcome the public.

Using the landscape as a basis for designing the city represents the guiding principle driving Agence Ter. The office benefits from 30 years experience in public-space contracting as demonstrated by the current projects for major parks in Paris, including Parc de Cormailles (9 ha, French Landscape Grand Prix 2007), Parc de Boulogne (7 ha), Parc des Docks de Saint-Ouen (12 ha) and the Carrières-sous-Poissy ecological park (200 ha). Agence Ter has also completed projects in Spain (Plaça de les Gloriés in Barcelona (15 ha)), Germany (Aqua Magica park in Bad Oeynhausen, the Duisburg central square) and Ireland (Royal Canal project).

To complement the experiences of its European office, Agence Ter will partner with the local landscape architecture firm SALT Landscape Architects. We will also work with specialized partners Deborah Murphy Urban Design + Planning and Fehr and Peers, Community Arts Resources (CARS), Kelly Shannon, Leo Villareal, Pentagram, still room, Rachel Allen Architecture, KPFF, M-E Engineers, and Lighting Design Alliance.



A Masterful Canvas:

The design proposal balances notions of a park and a square, hardscape and green lawn, sun and shade, and metropolitan and local. The main project elements — the smart canopy with the boxes, the gardens with the tree canopy, the urban edges and the great lawn — are each specific, yet with very different expressions and articulations of this continuous surface idea.

Agence Ter and Team


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Highlights from the winning proposal:

Agence Ter and Team design rendering

Agence Ter and Team design rendering

Agence Ter and Team design rendering

Agence Ter and Team

Agence Ter and Team design rendering

The winning pitch:

On April 28, 2016, Agence Ter and Team presented their proposal along with the three other design competition finalists to a packed theater of over 1,000 local citizens: