225 GRAND AVENUE
LOS ANGELES, CA
In 2011, this project for a mixed-use building on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles was shortlisted to be the first of the Grand Avenue Development projects, serving as a catalyst for future initiatives. The 20-story structure consists of 250 residential units, with retail and commercial space located at the street level and three levels of parking provided below Grand. Shared common amenities and support programs for the residents exist at the plinth located at the second level. The building serves as a backdrop to the iconic Disney Concert Hall and the adjacent Broad Museum. The commercial components of the building open up to a plaza at street level. The building sets back at grade in both plan and section, defining an outdoor space for public use. The urban plaza establishes a connection to the adjacent Broad Museum, the nearby Disney Concert Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Museum of Contemporary Art, and the rest of downtown.
Los Angeles, CA
275,000 sq ft
Conceived as a white volume with varying amounts of transparency and reflectivity, the building envelope subtly activates the simple massing. A series of slits penetrates the massing of the building, breaking down the scale and offering relief within the fenestration. Each void is programmed for a specific use. For example, one void allows light and air to enter the building, another is for circulation through the building, and a third is used to carve out a strong connection (in section) from Hope Street up to Grand.