There's a new beacon in town

Tuesday 16 Feb 2010

Gensler designed hotel tower completes LA downtown entertainment district

The first tower in downtown LA to be erected in two decades has completed, furnishing the district with a 54 storey landmark hotel. Designed by Gensler, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residences and JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE, opens its doors today.

“Gensler designed this tower to be a beacon for a rejuvenated Downtown, a destination for Angelenos and visitors from all over the world,” said Andy Cohen, executive director of Gensler and principal-in-charge of the project.

The hotel tower completes the 5.6 million sq ft L.A. LIVE sports and entertainment district. The mixed-used development covers 27 acres and six city blocks and includes fully functioning broadcast studios, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, bowling lanes, music clubs and an innovative music museum playing host to the GRAMMYs, EMMYs, American Music Awards, ESPYs, American Idol Finals and hundreds of other events.

The new building's 22 lower floors which spread across from the tower host the JW Marriott while four floors of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel rise above and Ritz-Carlton Residences, for residential living, rise to the top. The building’s elegantly curving curtain wall smooths the jagged transition among the changing floor plates as they stack skyward. Incorporated in the design is an 80,000 sq ft conference centre. Connected to the tower by a skywalk the space includesa 26,000 sq ft ballroom. Also incorporated in the building are two outdoor decks with pools, bars and events facilities.

Varying glass transparencies and colours effectively unify the design whilst minimising solar heat gain. Othersustainable features of the project are water-efficient fixtures, landscaping, and solar-reflectingsurfaces on roofs, paving and landscaping to reduce heat island effect.

“The Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residences is not only a spectacular new addition to the downtownskyline but also a major contributor to our local economy,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “Itis a vibrant economic engine that has created thousands of jobs for local workers, is helping toinject life back into our urban downtown and is providing world class amenities for a world-classcity.”

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