Frank Gehry’s Grand LA Residential Tower, Conrad Hotel Opens – The Hollywood Reporter
One of the most attractive pieces of architecture in Los Angeles and the world, the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall is viewed 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 retail towers, a hotel and luxury residences located directly across the street — is a $1 billion project that took 15 years to build – A different place, a new perspective on the iconic home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Many of the hotel rooms and apartments rented in the project have direct views of the concert hall and its stainless steel panels. 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, offering an intimate, up-close view of one of his most favorite buildings.
“Frank was always interested in how this location would interact with and complement Gehry’s Ballroom,” says Phoebe Yee, executive vice president of design at Related California. For example, the 45-story residential tower’s pool is located at eye level with the Walt Disney Concert Hall. “You get great views of the amazing architecture, and it really puts you in that place,” Yee adds.
The two towers — the second of which houses the new Conrad Hotel with multiple dining offerings by José Andrés — have Gehry’s signature sense of architecture in motion to them, appearing to be made of cubes that appear to be stopped mid-rotation up and down the buildings. “It’s a series of stacked boxes that look like they’re twisted,” says Yee. The 25-story, 305-room Conrad Los Angeles, with an entrance on Grand Avenue, is scheduled to open on July 6, while residents of The Grand by Gehry (entered via Olive Street) are expected to move in beginning on 14 July.
Yee says she believes the apartments will attract workers who commute to work at entertainment companies in Burbank, Hollywood and Culver City, given the large development’s easy access to Interstate 110. “We hope the location will make this an interesting proposition for people in the entertainment industry,” Yee says. “We think we’re very centrally located in terms of accessibility.”
Tower amenities include a fitness center, outdoor pool and community spaces on the 10th floor, such as a lounge and wet bar with a pool table and 85-inch TV, a catering kitchen, co-working spaces (with individual work cubicles) 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, at 12,000 square feet, than we do indoor amenity space, which is 10,000 square feet,” says Yee, explaining that the building’s outdoor areas, including barbecue areas and outdoor exercise spaces, are 2,400 square feet. square foot. Fitness Center. “We will also have a full-time person, officially called a lifestyle director, who will program events for our residents,” Yee says.
Studios start at $2,750 and prices go up to $9,500 per month for three-bedroom units, and 89 of the tower’s 436 units (featuring floor-to-ceiling windows) are designated for low- or moderate-income renters. An external corridor connects the residential tower to the hotel tower.
Ultimately, in 2023, the retail and dining area (totaling 164,000 square feet) will be completed along with the public gathering space with landscaped terraces, all of which will be located between the two towers and at their base. Among the tenants is Andres’ restaurant Bazaar Meat.
Meanwhile, the hotel includes rooms designed by interior designer Tara Bernerd, a spa, its own pool overlooking the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and three restaurants from Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup including the Latin- and Asian-influenced open-air restaurant Agua Viva.
The hope is that the entire Grand LA complex will revitalize Bunker Hill, which, when first built, displaced a mostly low-income neighborhood. In the decades that followed, the area became a center of commercial towers, green spaces (Grand Park) and cultural centers including MOCA, The Broad Museum, the Music Center and the Colburn School of Music. But with a few exceptions, like the Otium restaurant and The Emerson apartment building, it lacked a sense of complete vitality.
“One of the things that’s really hard about that area of town is that it feels like a cultural place that you visit — you go to a concert, to a museum, to a show,” Yee says. “What we’re trying to do and what Frank tried to do with this design is create more of a neighborhood feel.”
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