MAD create a model for sustainability in LA

Nick Myall
Thursday 10 Sep 2015

An award winning project from LA demonstrates how sustainable architecture and technology can support water and energy conservation

8600 Wilshire, a luxury residential project in Beverly Hills, LA, USA has been designed by global architecture firm MAD. Led by its founding partner Ma Yansong, it is the firm's first residential design in the United States.

For 8600 Wilshire, MAD considers “The possibility of a new model for West Coast vernacular amid the sprawling density of Los Angeles, and purposes a harmonious architectural space of human experience by placing residents in the spiritual landscape of nature.”

8600 Wilshire combines distinctive architecture with a true sense of place, offering 18 luxurious and unique residences atop a prime retail podium. Incandescent crystalline villas, shaded by a canopy of trees, will contour the Beverly Hills skyline, while a water-efficient “living wall” of native and drought-tolerant succulents and vines will create a distinctive streetscape along Wilshire Boulevard. An elevated courtyard provides a private sanctuary for residents of this community. At its centre, an oculus opens to the lobby below, drawing in the sky and natural light from above. The project demonstrates how sustainable architecture and technology can support water and energy conservation in the local community.

In addition to MAD?s signature conceptual design, the project also brings together several of the industry?s top creative forces including Rottet Studio for interiors, Gruen Associates as the executive architect and Palisades as the owner and developer.

“Rottet Studio is known for creating interiors that complement and build on the exterior experience, while always bringing a fresh and innovative twist. These residences, set in detailed gardens, with an open, minimalist floor plan are focused on free-flowing spaces with luxurious, natural materials,” said Richard Riveire, Principal of Rottet Studio.

8600 Wilshire is one of the most architecturally significant projects in Beverly Hills—a city that has become a destination for architecture designed by the early pioneers of the California modern aesthetic. The project will anchor a vibrant neighbourhood central to dining, shopping and nightlife attractions.

According to Palisades, “As a local developer, we are committed to designs that reflect the creative energy of Beverly Hills and Southern California. The region is once again reclaiming its position at the forefront of innovation in arts, culture and business. We believe that an investment in world-class architecture not only creates value for the project but, more importantly, makes a positive impact on the local community.”

The project is expected to be completed in 2017.

Nick Myall

News Editor


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