Los Angeles city’s famous Sunset Strip is set to be transformed thanks to the design genius of Frank Gehry. After some influential and unforgettable work in Las Vegas and Paris, it is the City of Angels that will get Gehry’s signature flair. The design for 8150 Sunset Boulevard was unveiled a few months ago and it consists of five buildings connected at street level by a common plaza.
The complex will include residential units (including condos and rentals) as well as retail and public space. The building will not be too high, so that can be in the same scale of other buildings in the vicinity (the famous Chateau Marmont Hotel will be a close neighbor).
The complex at 8150 Sunset Boulevard is inspired by the Garden of Allah a famous hotel that used to be located at 8152 Sunset Boulevard. “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,” said Gehry. He went on to add, “I wanted to capture the feeling of the experience of that place which was vibrant and memorable,” he added. “It has always been important to me to be a good neighbor to the surrounding buildings, and I think we have created an ensemble that responds to the great diversity of the neighborhood and is an asset to the community.”
The complex is set to include several open areas including terraces, public gathering spots and the large plaza area. Construction on this soon-to-be L.A. landmark will begin late next year.
[ Via : dezeen ]