Gold standard

Thursday 23 Dec 2010

KMD Architects designs luxury tower on L.A.'s 'Golden Mile'

KMD provided architectural design, planning and entitlement services for this 24-storey luxury residential tower on Wilshire Boulevard’s 'Golden Mile'. The modern-classic architecture tower holds 87 luxury condominiums with below-grade parking. Amenities include a wine cellar, fitness centre, library, lounge, media room, ‘requisite’ sauna and spa, a putting green, lap pool, decorative paving and water features, plus a full 1/3 of the site is provided with manicured lawns and specimen canopy trees.

One major amenity, made possible by creative space planning and design, was providing dedicated, secure, personal elevator access to each and every condominium unit, whether four units per floor (standard for the first 19 levels), or three units per floor (level 20), or two units per floor (levels 21, 22 and 23). Another special amenity was the 2nd floor dedicated strictly to 2-bedroom suite or office-use condominiums for the less permanent business persons or college students. An outstanding effort provided by the design team was to capture full project entitlements in a record 24-week period, a feat not easily matched in the Los Angeles Design Review Board environment, especially for such a large and prestigious project; the last ‘grandfathered' luxury high-rise residential tower on the Golden Mile.

The success of the project lays in maximising a number of design concepts for the exterior and planning, including a design emphasis on architectural verticality and the interplay of solids and voids and stepped massing – both vertically and horizontally - encouraging 180° access to views. The project maintains a simple yet elegant and kinetic massing form, creating a welcoming main entrance form, minimising bulk and maximising the ‘invitation’ with a rusticated base and richness in materials and scale. The design also incorporates extensive private balconies, bay window expressions and an innovative 'boomerang' plan approach, maximising access to views and daylighting while embracing the privacy needs of the tenants.

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