Buildings

Downtown LA Hotel

This new small hotel is designed as a monolithic concrete structure, carved with a system of slots and wedges that bring light, air and deep views into the building. This site is a filler parcel in downtown Los Angeles measuring just 50×150 feet. The hotel is a stand-alone hotel, surrounded on all sides by alleys and roads. This allows slits to be cut into the facade, which contrasts with and takes away from the monolithic qualities of the building.

The lobby is an abstract gallery / multi-use performance space. Brick
rescued from the existing building from the floor. The East wall is formed by three openings: a glass box that projects the residence artist’s studio; central section to main lobby and restaurant; and a terraced atrium through the hotel to the exterior.

Rooms and other program elements are considered solid volume
which floats freely within the structural framework provided by the entire concrete monolith. Glass enclosure lines vary 5 to 20 feet back from the concrete perimeter to comply with fire codes. Double height slots double the facades and provide natural light, fresh air, city views, terraces, planting areas and art installations.

From the interior, the building is light, airy, with views from everywhere
through the building to the landscape, other people, other parts of the building. The strategy cuts holes in solid building structures, exposing one use to another, creating unexpected moments of alignment and multilevel views through the building.

Concrete structures wrap around and above the roof deck, providing sun shade and privacy from the adjacent taller buildings. The rooftop swimming pool is as wide as the Western facade. Openings in a concrete shell frame panoramic views of South and West over downtown Los Angeles.

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