Frank Gehry’s Grand LA opens with residential tower, Conrad Hotel – The Hollywood Reporter
One of the most captivating pieces of architecture in Los Angeles — and the world — Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall is seen by most visitors to downtown Los Angeles from street level.
Now the 93-year-old architect’s new The Grand LA complex – a mix of two billion-dollar retail towers, 15 years in the making, a hotel and luxury residences just across the street across the street – offers another, new perspective on the iconic home of the LA Philharmonic. Many of the project’s hotel rooms, rental apartments, and condos open directly onto the concert hall and its large stainless steel accents. It’s a view the architect himself cherishes – so much so that he took a unit in The Grand by Gehry residential tower on a lower floor, one that offers an intimate, up-close view of one of his most beloved buildings.
“Frank has always been interested in how this site interacts with and complements the Gehry Concert Hall,” says Phoebe Yee, executive vice president of design at Related California. The 45-story residential tower’s pool, for example, is at eye level with the Walt Disney Concert Hall. “You get fantastic views of great architecture, and it really anchors you to this place,” adds Yee.
The two towers – the second is home to a new Conrad Hotel with several restoration offerings by José Andrés – have Gehry’s characteristic sense of moving architecture, appearing to be made of cubes that appear to have stopped mid-rotation upwards and downwards. bottom of buildings. “It’s a series of stacked boxes that look like they’ve been twisted,” Yee explains. The 25-story, 305-room Conrad Hotel Los Angeles, with a Grand Avenue entrance, is set to open July 6, while residents of The Grand by Gehry (entered via Olive Street) are expected to move in from July 14 .
Yee says she thinks the apartments will appeal to workers commuting to work at entertainment companies in Burbank, Hollywood and Culver City, given the Grand Project’s easy access to the 110 Freeway. location will make it an attractive proposition for people in the entertainment industry,” Yee says. “We think we’re pretty well located as far as access goes.”
Tower amenities include a fitness center, outdoor pool, 10th-floor community areas such as a lounge and bar with a pool table and 85-inch TV, catering kitchen, coworking spaces (with individual work pods) and a dog play space.
Architect David Rockwell’s Rockwell Group designed the residential tower’s public spaces. “We actually have more outdoor amenity space, 12,000 square feet, than indoor amenity space, 10,000 square feet,” Yee says, detailing that the building’s exterior spaces, including seating areas barbecue and outdoor workout spaces in the 2,400 square foot Fitness Center. “We’re also going to have a full-time person, officially called a lifestyle manager, who schedules events for our residents,” Yee says.
Studios start at $2,750 with prices up to $9,500 per month for three-bedroom units, and 89 of the tower’s 436 units (with floor-to-ceiling windows) are reserved for low- and middle-income renters. An exterior walkway connects the residential tower to the hotel tower.
Eventually, in 2023, a retail and dining area (164,000 square feet in total) will be completed as well as a public gathering space with landscaped terraces, all located between and at the base of the two towers. Among the tenants will be a Bazaar Meat by Andrés.
The hotel, meanwhile, features rooms designed by interior designer Tara Bernerd, a spa, its own pool with views of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and three restaurants from Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup, including Agua Viva. outdoors with Latin and Asian influences.
The hope is that the entire Greater LA complex will further reinvigorate Bunker Hill, which when built displaced a predominantly low-income neighborhood. In the decades since, the neighborhood has become a hub for business towers, green spaces (Grand Park), and cultural centers including MOCA, The Broad, Music Center, and Colburn School of Music. But with a few exceptions, like destination restaurant Otium and condominium building The Emerson, it lacked the feel of a fully alive neighborhood.
“One of the things that’s been really difficult about this part of town is that it feels more like a cultural place that you visit – you go to a concert or a museum or a show,” says Yeah. “What we’re trying to do and what Frank really tried to do with this design is create more of a sense of neighborhood.”
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