Location: Los Angeles, CA Year Designed: 2016 Area: 80,000 sqft. Program: 60 units, Rooftop bar & restaurant Client: CIM Status: On the boards
Currently under design, the Western Lofts will make us of an abandoned community hospital. The building features a 6 story tower, making it the tallest in the neighborhood and giving it a 360 degree view of Hollywood, DTLA, and the ocean. Sixty live-work units range from large studios to generous 2-bedroom corner units. Every unit has a patio or balcony and access to a private tenant roof deck. The rest of the rooftop is given over to a restaurant that can fully enjoy the views, accessed through it's own elevator. Other ammenities to include a ground-floor lounge, co-working flex space, and dog wash.
Location: Los Angeles, CA Year Designed: 2008 & 2013 redesign Area: 120,000 sqft. Units: 96 Live/Work Units Status: Completed (2014)
The former Metropolitan Water District (MWD) 8-story office tower, designed by acclaimed architect William Pereira and completed in 1973, has been vacant for almost 20 years after MWD departure in 1993. The tower has been restored and converted to 96 residential units, 13 of which are new 2-story penthouses added to the top of the building. The original mid-century office design was adapted and enhanced to create comfortable contemporary loft-like apartments. Stripping the building of some of its dated materials, it has been upgraded with contemporary features while maintaining the original modern architecture.
Set amidst a neighborhood of low-rise buildings, the Elysian affords its residents unobstructed 360-degree views of the entire city from the mountains and downtown Los Angeles to the ocean. The new units are simple clean and modern, each with an open plan allowing and 12' ceilings with 10' of windows and their own private balcony. A new restaurant and outdoor seating area were integrated to the pedestrian level together with the new landscaping and restored fountains, helping to revive an under-served stretch of Sunset Blvd and the neighborhood as a whole.
Location: Los Angeles, CA Year Designed: 2014 Area: 79,000 sqft. Program: 72 units, 11,500 sf retail Status: Under Construction
The Grether and Grether Building located at 730 S. Los Angeles Street is a fine example of the commercial / industrial / mercantile loft type building built in Los Angeles in the 1920s. It is surrounded by similar concrete-framed warehouse buildings that were converted to lofts in the early 2000’s and became Santee Court. The building features tall ceilings, exposed concrete floors, walls and columns and large “Soho Loft” style tilt windows, making it ideal for creative loft units.
The building was the “missing link” in Santee Court. It is situated in the middle of the block, surrounded by residential units and fronts the pedestrian alley that forms the spine of the surrounding residential complex. It will be developed to be compatible with it’s neighbors and will feature an expansive roof deck and ample amenity spaces on the existing mezzanine level. At the ground floor, the double-height central gallery space and grand stairway will remain and will be lined with small retail shops and a restaurant.
Location: Los Angeles, CA Year Designed: 2006 Area: 76,000 sqft. – 72 units Status: Completed 2007
Constructed in 1927, the Great Republic Life Insurance Building was one of the first modern building to be built in Flatiron Park (the area near the intersection of Spring, Main, and Ninths Streets) located at the southern end of the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles. It was constructed as high-end office space during the building boom Downtown Los Angeles experienced in the 1920’s. The construction of the Great Republic Building extended the Financial Core of Pre-World War II Los Angeles southward along Spring Street. For decades, the building housed the offices of numerous financial institutions.
The building’s unique lot fronts on major streets (Spring, Main, and 8th) on three sides and an open on-grade parking lot on the fourth. This allows for open views in all directions from every floor. The high-rises on Bunker Hill offer a stunning panorama to the North while an expansive view of the Los Angeles Basin open up to the South. The design approach by David Lawrence Gray Architects was to preserve and restore the historic elements of the building (namely the facades and lobby) while differentiating new construction by making the interiors of the live/work units distinctly modern.
Location: West Hollywood, CA Year Designed: 1988 Area: 117,700 sqft. Status: Completed (1990)
In a state of decay, the once proud Sunset Towers stood as a landmark that remembered the glorious past of the Sunset Strip. Leland Bryant’s masterwork was restored and adapted with the insertion of luxury suites and the addition of an adjacent restaurant and seven story parking structure. After a painstaking political and construction process, the new St. James’s Club project emerged as a new marker reflecting the ‘modern’ amenities of life in the last decades of the 20th century. The design solution attempted to translate the strong art deco spirit of Bryant’s original apartment project into creative responses that would address the conveniences expected in modern luxury hotels. The adjacent restaurant addition derived clues from the art deco tower and applied a low scale solution in order to respect the magnitude of the original as a historical structure.
Ocean Center Lofts
Location: Long Beach, CA Year Designed: 2014 Area: 138,000 sqft. Program: 74 units, 12,500 sf retail Status: In Design
The Ocean Center Building, located in the heart of Long Beach, is a local landmark and an excellent example of early 20th century Mediterranean Revival architecture. Built as an office building in 1929, the building has not been renovated since it opened and the building. Fortunately, this has allowed for most of the original fabric, including lobbies, windows and corridors, to remain intact. Many of the original storefronts have been filled in and the building no longer relates to the street and passers-by.
The Ocean Center Building will be reborn as a one-of-a-kind mixed-use building with stunning residential lofts above retail and restaurant spaces to activate the street and encourage pedestrian circulation between downtown Long Beach and the attractions along the waterfront. Residential units will be distinctly modern, but complementary to the building’s original historic features. Ample roof decks on multiple levels will capture views of the Pacific Ocean, Palos Verdes and the Long Beach skyline.
National City Tower Lofts
Location: Los Angeles, CA Year Designed: 2007 Area: 110,000 sqft. Program: 96 Status: Completed (2008)
With dramatic location fronting Spring, Main, and 8th Streets, the National City Bank Tower Lofts was the last historic building to be built along the Spring Street Financial Corridor. The building lends itself well to a residential use thanks to its shallow floor-plates and window-filled facades. There will be a variety of units, some designed as open-plan lofts, some as conventional apartments with separate bedrooms, and some 2-story units. The penthouse units will feature private rooftop master suites and roof decks. All residential units will have access to the rooftop Jacuzzi and deck with sweeping views of Bunker Hill and the LA Basin to the South.
Location: Los Angeles, CA Year Designed: 2006 Area: 74,000 sqft. Units: 60 Status: Completed 2007
Advertised as the first high-rise commercial office building built by speculators in 1906, the Judson C. Rives Building holds a prominent position near the corner of 4th and Broadway in the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was one of the first concrete-encased steel frame high-rises built in Los Angeles, creating large column-free bays. A development project by David Lawrence Gray Architects' sister company, Flatiron Development, the building had been abandoned with the exception of the ground floor. The upper floors of the building are being converted into 60 loft units with modern interiors, while the exterior and public spaces will be restored to their original grandeur, fulfilling the National Parks Service goals of historic restoration.
The renovation of the building entailed demolition of non-historic elements, hazardous material abatement, seismic retrofit and installing all new mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire/life safety systems. Many of the units will feature private balconies and views of the downtown skyline. The roof was converted to a public deck and will be landscaped and will feature a barbeque area and spa.
Emil Brown Building
Location: Los Angeles, CA Year Designed: 2007 Area: 75,000 sqft. Units: 37 + 12,000 sqft. Retail Status: Completed 2008
Constructed as a warehouse in 1923, the industrial characteristics of the Emil Brown Building will be featured in the building's conversion to 39 loft apartments. The building's enormous steel-framed windows and elegant concrete column-and-slab frame will be balanced by modern kitchen and bathrooms and fine finishes. The spacious roof will be used to house penthouse units with private outdoor decks and a large landscaped roof deck for the tenants. The ground floor will continue to serve as a retail component that includes Starbucks and Quiznos as well as several clothing retailers.
Location: Los Angeles, CA Year Designed: 2003 Area: 22,100 sqft. Status: Completed (2004)
Constructed in 1914, the Tomahawk building was one of the first modern buildings to be built in Flatiron Park (the intersection of Spring, Main, and Ninth Streets). Its construction ushered in a building boom in the surrounding area that lasted through the 1920's and made Flatiron Park largely what it is today. The construction of the Tomahawk Building along with Flatiron Park extended the Financial Core of Pre-World War II Los Angeles southward along Spring Street. For decades, the Tomahawk Building housed the offices of numerous financial institutions.
The demand for quality housing in the area dictates the conversion of the Tomahawk building once again. The building lends itself perfectly to be remodeled as fashionable loft apartments for anyone who works in downtown. One of the unique features of the Tomahawk Building is that it has two street front elevations, translating into double the streetfront footage for retail on the ground floor, and double the view for the residential units above. Each residential unit occupies an entire floor, giving the occupants their own elevator vestibule and views onto both Spring and Main Streets.
Breed St Shul
Location: East Los Angeles, CA Year Designed: 2003 Area: 11,200 sqft. Status: Under Construction
Built in the early 20th century, the Breed Street Shul served as both a Temple and School to serve a burgeoning Jewish population in East Los Angeles. However, as the Jewish population moved away, the Shul fell into disrepair. Today, while keeping historic details intact, the Shul is being seismically retrofitted and remodeled to accommodate a community center to serve all members of the now heavily Latino neighborhood.
David Lawrence Grey Architects donates their services to the breed Street Shul.
Location: Los Angeles, CA Year Designed: 2002 Area: 68,100 sqft. Status: Completed (2003)
This adaptive reuse project has an especially sweet synchronicity - by taking the Orpheum Theater's adjoining office tower and turning it into housing for artists and young professionals. Originally built to house the administrative services for the Orpheum Theater, the 13 story building was once teeming with artists and managers. Envisioned as living and working spaces, the historic facades and corridors were brought back to their original glory while the interiors will open into a 21st century concept of space and light - the new being clearly delineated from the original. The building was divided into 37 units extra-large (some 2 story) that boast high ceilings and huge 6' X 8' windows to appeal to fashion designers and other design-based professionals.