Los Angeles, California
Athena’s Crib is a simple free-standing garden structure commissioned for a hillside site overlooking downtown Los Angeles. It is designed to support a group of existing olive trees in danger of collapsing while accommodating uses such as sitting, sleeping, socializing and exercise.
The working title Athena’s Crib was inspired by Greek mythology: Athena, according to legend, created the olive tree on the Acropolis in a battle with Poseidon. Athena’s subsequent victory established her as goddess of the city.
While the scale and proportion of the structure places it somewhere between a building and a piece of furniture, it is given an enlarged presence by wood columns, forming a type of portico. As the columns help support the trees, the trees in turn form a “green pediment,” ornamenting the structure and shading the space below.
CLIENT: Miyoshi Barosh
PROJECT TEAM: Peter Tolkin
CONSTRUCTION: Scott Enge
PHOTOGRAPHER: Peter Tolkin