A prominent asset to the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles, this mixed-use development is comprised of two luxury residential towers and a mid-rise residential component. The design provides complimentary facilities to the 600 plus living units, including shops, restaurants and amenities, creating a balanced urban environment which is both desirable and economically feasible.
Placed on the portion of the block with higher density zoning, bordered by 9th and Figueroa Streets, the two 28-story towers create an urban scale entry into downtown from the freeway. The low-rise loft building, with five floors of one- and two-bedroom condominiums above street level retail, responds in scale to the developing residential community of Flower Street. The ground floor corner is anchored by a retail building, which is properly scaled for the street and serves as an introduction to the great space created between the towers above.
Simple in their geometry, the signature buildings turn and bend gently as they rise, responding to the site and providing larger floors at the top to appeal to market conditions. The subtle movement at the top and bottom create an open space at the corner and are scaled to create views beyond and to be seen against the backdrop of the city. The towers will have a façade constructed of modern materials affording the residences large windows for local and long distance views, and all of the one-, two- and three-bedroom units have high ceilings and exterior glass walls. Select units, which have unobstructed access to the views and natural light on the south and the west, will also have sunrooms.
By giving the ground floor to retail, the street and the adjacent shops become public spaces, contributing to a lively and pedestrian friendly downtown. Setting the glass back from the street provides overhangs to protect the pedestrians from the sun and rain. The ground floors are visually transparent, blurring the lines between the indoors and outdoors. Two open spaces are provided for the residents and the community: a small urban park on Flower Street and a mid-block passage at the south end of the site, which connects Flower and Figueroa Streets by way of a pedestrian friendly public green space with benches and a walking path.
An open-air terrace three levels above the street accommodates the swimming pool and fitness center. An open lawn and garden at the perimeter accommodates multiple tenant activities, and trees, shrubs and other plants native to the region will establish scale and provide sheltered spaces and privacy screening.
A parking structure, accessible from both Figueroa and Flower Streets, is marked by overhead entry canopies. Parking is located at the ground level, four levels below grade and two levels above grade.