BIG plans for LA

Nick Myall
Thursday 22 Dec 2016

BIG are to create a new LA development as part of the city’s Frank Gehry masterplan

Plans for a mixed-use scheme in Los Angeles, which will incorporate housing, offices and public spaces within a giant concrete framework have been released by Bjarke Ingels Group.

The new development is planned for an empty site by the LA River and is part of the masterplan for the area drawn up by Frank Gehry.

Commenting on the project Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner of BIG said:

"The Arts District of LA is experiencing a rapid renaissance, drawing creatives from all fields from fine arts to engineering. We have asked ourselves if we can renew the arts district by embracing rather than replacing the qualities that have spawned this unique urban culture. We have imagined a hybrid of two unique local typologies: the downtown warehouse and the case-study house. Like a flexible framework the project operates on two scales: the big bare bones of the buildings and the human-scale completion for its individual inhabitants. 

“The freedom of the warehouse loft meets the individual customization of the stick-built case study house. As a gateway to the Arts District and the LA river, it will constitute a major step toward reclaiming and transforming the river bank into a vital new urban landscape that can be enjoyed and appreciated by residents and visitors to this vibrant part of Los Angeles.”  

670 Mesquit is BIG’s first project in LA. However, the firm recently completed VIA 57 West in New York and is currently working on a number of other projects in the USA.


Nick Myall

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