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8550/8600 Santa Monica Blvd mixed use development. Experiential design with 3 dimensional curved bases on 8550 creating seats
8550/8600 Santa Monica Blvd

Urban Infill for Community Revitalization

Client

Architectural Ventures

Project Location

West Hollywood, CA

Area

159,000 SF

Services

Architecture, engineering

For almost a decade, a high visibility block along the iconic Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood has sat underutilized and lacking a primary tenant. We are the block into an urban infill community hub that activates the street and provides new neighborhood amenities. 8550 is anchored by a Sprouts Market, and also features co-working office space, a café, and parking.

The key to the repositioned block was to intricately weave experiential ideas into inclusive-inspired lifestyle programming that reflects a uniquely contemporary and authentic environment. From 8550 to 8600, the revitalized block is integrated into the urban fabric and reflects the values of the local community.

The development, which will help revive an underused section of Santa Monica Boulevard near West Knoll drive, was lauded by John Duran in an interview with the Beverly Press, in which he described it as “an enormous benefit for the neighborhood…for the Santa Monica Boulevard community.”

Activation

From 8550 to 8600 along Santa Monica Boulevard near West Knoll Drive, the revitalized block is integrated into the urban fabric to reflect the values of the local community. The development, will help revive an underused section of real estate and provide residents with new neighborhood amenities.

01
Built

8550 Santa Monica Blvd.

Phase I is a new urban infill three-story, 45,000-SF building with rooftop parking that occupies a prominent, high-visibility site along Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. The project is a new three story, building with rooftop parking and Sprouts grocery store. Creative offices occupy the upper level, while the two-story, 1,500-SF café is situated at the prominent corner.

Labeled concept design of rooftop garden, landscape trellises, and the sun's path overhead

Our team created a comprehensive sustainability plan to integrate into the design of 8550 Santa Monica Blvd. We used green strategies to integrate into the roofing, filtration systems, precast, shading, landscaping, and ventilation. The upper exterior levels occupy planters for the purpose of rain water filtration, while vertical landscape green screens complement the building exterior. High efficiency buildings systems and water efficient landscaping are used throughout the project to reduce energy and water usage as well as natural ventilation to regulate the heat around the building.

02
Unbuilt

8660 Santa Monica Blvd.

Phase II comprises 113,000 SF at 8660 Santa Monica Boulevard. The program further diversifies the block’s revitalization with 62 units of residential, a gastropub, and a fitness center replacing the aged and uninviting existing building. Planned for completion in 2021, the second phase moves to alleviate the area’s housing crunch by providing live-work and apartment units that are in high demand.

Aerial view of 8600 Santa Monica Blvd. Rooftop pools and partially covered patios above white and brown 3 story building

Phase II maximizes program density in a compact site envelope with a challenging height limit.

03
Phasing

Site Development

Our approach to phasing creates a cohesive and thought-out product while maximizing value. This enables coordinating design and construction in tandem to drive the most comprehensively sustainable design for the community.

A GIF of the mixed use complex and surrounding area showing the building sections in phases 1-3 and what was built

In order of appearance, some of our revitalization work along Santa Monica Boulevard.

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