Los Angeles: Look What’s Building Now

Expected to hit $7 billion in construction in 2015, the highest in Los Angeles since the 80’s— or, perhaps, the biggest boom in LA history.

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For comparison, Atlanta booked $2.6 billion in the 2nd quarter and $3.7 billion in the 3rd quarter… which will surely be Atlanta’s biggest building boom. Will Atlanta hit $9 to 10 billion?

Back to Downtown LA…

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Downtown LA developments, projects under construction are noted in yellow.
801 Olive St
Olive & 8th, a 27 story tower by Solmon Cordwell Buenz, Chicago.  I have done an interior design project with this architecture firm.
JW Marriott
A 755 room expansion of the J.W. Marriott Hotel Downtown LA, will bring the hotel to 1756 rooms, the 2nd largest in CA. Good looking, yes. But it strikes me as beauty just skin-deep.
Spring St apts
525 Spring Street by Steinberg Architects with TSK Architects. Although I like the undulating design, it doesn’t fit well within its context of 2oth century buildings.
Luxe Hotel
A Chinese developer is building this mixed-use project on Figueroa. It will include a W Hotel, and residential tower(s). I appreciate parts of this design, but it is a bit over-the-top, as if it came from China… oh, yes, it did.
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The new Automobile Museum. I see where they were trying to go… but, they didn’t get there. What a disaster of a building.
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The new Federal Building LA looks a lot like Atlanta’s mid-century State Archives Building that we are about to demolish, for a new courthouse complex. I hope ours turns out modern, like this– instead of brick and faux-columns, as it might.
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Nearly completed condos and Indigo Hotel at Metropolis development
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The new Broad Museum is stark, but richly textured and quite beautiful. The building is next to Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, so this understated design makes good sense.
Wilshire Grand
The new Intercontinental Los Angeles is under construction, will be 73 stories, and the tallest building on the west coast at 1100 ft. Great profile for the skyline and Intercontinental will likely handle the interior design with expertise.
8500 Burton Way
Two thumbs up for the sleek design of 8500 Burton Way at La Cienega, Beverly Hills, from MVE & Partners with a facade by Hetzel Design.
broadway trade ctr
The Broadway Trade Center is an excellent adaptive reuse of an old structure. Maybe one day the 1926 Atlanta Macy’s (Davison’s) will have this facade and interior enlightenment.
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Westfield at Century City
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Century City Center
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The Melrose Triangle mixed-use development soars to funky-town, and I like it!
LAFC Stadium Plaza
LA Football Club Stadium Plaza
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Pico Branch Library by international firm Koning Eizenberg Architecture
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Woops, it’s faux hell, LA! I hate to say anything positive, except I’m certain that it is an improvement on what was there.
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Stunning, poetic and provocative, Emerson College by Morphosis (Tom Mayne), my favorite living architect for many years.
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I’m sure students love the Emerson College Building.
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Award-winning 8600 Wilshire, in Beverly Hills is beautifully cool… by MAD Architects.
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The interior courtyard of 8600 Wilshire makes you want to live there– but it’s big bucks Beverly Hills , baby.
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Only Frank Gehry’s could create this ultra-organic design for 8150 Sunset Blvd.
1200 Figueroa
1200 Figueroa… not a bad sword fight.

Most exciting, below, is the Hyperloop transit from LA to Las Vegas–

a futuristic steel tube transportation system that would shuttle passengers at speeds of almost 750 mph. It was introduced by billionaire entrepreneur, Elon Musk.

The low pressure tube will essentially suck you all the way to Las Vegas, in 30 minutes!   (Hey… that’s how it works!)

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The Hyperloop, under construction early 2016
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