Last week, developer Townscape Partners unveiled renderings for a mixed-use development designed by Frank Gehry at the base of the Hollywood Hills on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. The plans call for five distinct structures that will house rental apartments, condominiums, and retail venues and will be tied together by an open-air plaza accessible from the street.
Gehry’s proposal envisions a cluster of five distinctive buildings totalling 334,000 sq ft organized around a public plaza accessible from street level. The two larger buildings in the development, 11 and 15 stories respectively, will house 249 residences including a mix of both rental and for-sale units. Lower scaled buildings designated for retail and restaurant use are located along Sunset Boulevard to compliment the low scale buildings in the area. Gehry, who was selected for the project in March 2015 and is tasked with designing all the buildings, interiors and landscaping said, “It has always been important to me to be a good neighbour to the surrounding buildings and I think we have created an ensemble that responds to the great diversity of the neighbourhood that will be asset to the community. By coincidence I was in LA when the Garden of Allah existed, and while I don’t have a tangible image to relate to the present, I have a feeling that this design leans toward the representation of my memory.”