Berggruen in California

A World-Class Center for Study

Los Angeles is a place where innovation and diversity are celebrated, and where far-reaching ideas are given a chance to take root. The city is uniquely suited to be the home to the Berggruen Institute’s Scholar’s Campus, where the world’s best minds will study the most pressing social issues of our time.

Honoring the Natural Environment

The Berggruen Institute is planning a new Scholars’ Campus that embraces the project’s location in the Santa Monica Mountains – both removed and totally in the middle of L.A.The plan envisions a contemplative campus rooted in the natural environment designed by a team of architects led by Herzog & de Meuron and L.A’s Gensler. It will house the Institute’s educational programs, fellowships and scholars.

Our plan leads with a strong desire to respect the natural landscape. We intend to protect almost 95 percent of our 447 acres as open space.

Moreover, we are proposing to build new public hiking trails and greatly enhance those trails that already exist on our property to make the mountains more accessible to the public. We are also committed to creating a best-in-class fire safety program that will benefit the entire area and be a model for the region.

The campus presents a unique opportunity to bring a world-class center for study to an incredible cultural corridor anchored by UCLA, the Getty Center, the Skirball Cultural Center, Milken Community Schools, American Jewish University and Leo Baeck Temple.

The Institute is fully committed to continue engaging with the City, neighbors, and the wider Los Angeles community to create a project that is environmentally sound and delivers significant public benefits to the entire city.

Design Rendering of Potential Trail Improvements


Design Rendering


Design Rendering: Trail Improvements

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