NBBJ and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers create LA playground (Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles)

Date Published: 
September 11th, 2023

From De Zeen:

American architecture studio NBBJ has collaborated with American musician Flea to design a playground on a public housing complex in Los Angeles.

ESI Design, the east coast experience design studio within NBBJ, worked with Michael Peter Balzary, better known as Flea, on the renovation of Nickerson Gardens Playground in the Watts neighbourhood of Los Angeles.

Best known as the bassist in the American rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea drove the project by funding it and bringing together a team of community members, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) and designers.


The project included the renovation of 17,656 square feet (1,640 square metres) of playground space. ESI Design created slides, swings and a carousel for the community's children, provided by playground equipment company Kompan.

Recycled material was used for the "play-specific" surfaces in the activity areas, chosen because it is "easy to clean and repair". The material was painted fade-resistant shades of orange and yellow.

Read De Zeen's article "NBBJ and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers create LA playground," featuring the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles.

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