New Frank Gehry project announced in his hometown of Santa Monica
Frank Gehry has designed a new 22-storey tower in his hometown of Santa Monica, USA. The Ocean Avenue project features a 125-room mixed-use hotel and residential building which will stand at 244ft-tall when completed, together with a 3-building museum complex.
Containing 22 condominiums and approximately 15,000 sq ft of retail space, the white tower will feature Gehry’s signature wavy façade, echoing the curved exteriors of the New York by Gehry skyscraper and the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain.
A public rooftop observation area has also been included within the design as well as street-level restaurant space and affordable housing. Frank Gehry has said of the scheme: "After 25 years, I am excited to finally design a project in my hometown of 40 years. The site is on Ocean Avenue, which has always stood out to me as the face of the city."
Sitting on a 1.9 hectare site, the project also incorporates a new 36,000 sq ft museum campus with two existing landmarked buildings which will be reused and preserved as well as a Gehry Partners- designed cultural building containing a museum plaza and exhibition space.
Located on the corner between Santa Monica Boulevard and Ocean Avenue, the project looks out onto the waterfront and the building will be coloured white to blend in with the neighbouring developments.
The project, which has been described as a ‘world-class design for a downtown location’ and is currently pending apporval by the city authorities, is expected to strengthen the local economy and boost employment in Santa Monica. The pedestrian experience has also been taken in account, with the buildings set back from the street and the pedestrian zone widened to encourage more people to come to the area.