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Gensler Designer Talks About New Arts Club Project

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Arts Club, West Hollywood speaks to LA’s flavor & originality: Gensler’s Hogan Chun [Video]

Designer Hogan Chun sits down with Sorcha O’Higgins of TopHotelNews to discuss the beautiful new Gwyneth Paltrow-backed Arts Club on the Sunset Strip.

Gensler’s contribution to Sunset Boulevard’s streetscape is certainly bold, and aims to integrate the community into its volume, as designer Hogan Chun explained. We take a look inside the ambitious design for the Arts Club, one of the Creative Spark finalists at TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR Los Angeles.

Chun says that although some of the residents were sensitive about what the project would mean for the neighbourhood, ultimately the result would be a really positive one. “I think the fact that this was really an art-focused, literature, anything related to the arts, sciences, music, dance; everybody was really behind what the essence of the project was.”

Although there is a heavily private element to the project, considering it is a private members’ club, there is also a public aspect to it, in the form of the ground level community plaza and a flexible visual arts and performance space. The upper levels are comprised of outdoor terraces that interact visually with the street. The entire building generates a mix of uses and functions, so that it activates the street and allows the public to become engaged with the building.

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WeHo’s Robertson Lane Hotel Development Includes “Birdcage” Plans

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WEST HOLLYWOOD (Urbanize LA) — In 2018, the West Hollywood City Council signed off on the Robertson Lane development, a mixed-use hotel complex which would incorporate the iconic Factory nightclub.

Now, the developer behind that project is seeking permission to add an iconic feature to the property. HKS Architects According to a presentation to the West Hollywood Planning Commission’s Design Review Subcommittee, local real estate investment firm Faring has proposed to construct new restaurant space at the southwest corner of Santa Monica and Robertson Boulevards.

The project, called “The Birdcage,” would replace several small commercial buildings with a two-story, 14,302-square-foot food hall, with space for a night club and parking located on two subterranean levels.

HKS Architects is designing the project, which is designed to appear as a 55-foot-tall Birdcage. Architectural plans […]

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Netflix’s EPIC Hollywood Building to Open Soon on Sunset

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HOLLYWOOD (Urbanize LA) — With construction now complete, Hudson Pacific Properties is preparing to open their latest office building in Hollywood. EPIC, which has been fully leased by Netflix, is located at 5901 Sunset Boulevard.

The 13-story building features roughly 300,000 square feet of office space, structured parking, as well as 18,400 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

Gensler designed the vertically stacked tower, which features multiple terraces that provide 27,000 square feet of usable outdoor space.

Original plans called for an 18-story tower, however after the threat of a lawsuit from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, HPP agreed to scale back the project. EPIC is one of many recent office developments to be […]

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Coalition Appeals LA City’s Decision on La Brea Project

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La Brea Willoughby Coalition Appeals City’s Decision on 843 North La Brea … Want to Protect Citizen Rights

by Lucille Saunders, La Brea Willoughby Coalition President

La Brea Willoughby Coalition continues its fight to protect the quality of life, as well as the character and scale of the La Brea-Willoughby neighborhood in Hollywood by focusing on clarifying and enforcing all zoning laws. The coalition’s latest fight concerns the project located at 843 North La Brea Blvd. (See architectural rendering above.) The LA City’s December 17, 2019 approval of the project prompted the coalition to file its appeal on January 2, 2020.

The coalition is fully supportive of the project’s efforts to provide supportive housing for low-income or homeless Angelenos. Yet, the City is rushing to approve this project in an attempt to combat the housing crisis in Los Angeles. In the City’s haste to approve the project, valuable input from the surrounding community has been […]

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