LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The internationally renowned architectural firm of Herzog & de Meuron has been working with developer SunCal to design "6AM," a world-class, mixed-use development at 6th & Alameda in the heart of the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. The Pritzker Prize-winning firm is planning a complex that will feature live/work residences, creative offices, hotel and retail uses, and public gathering spaces on a 14.5-acre site.
This project is envisioned to feature a contemporary design that assesses and understands the character of the Arts District, and expresses it in a building concept for today and for the future. In all its details, 6AM will remain true to the well-articulated preferences of the local community, which include high-quality design, durable materials and a place where "art can flourish in the Arts District."
The 6AM site is the single largest parcel in the Arts District, and this development will bring significant benefits to the community, such as a school and art opportunity space, that residents and visitors alike can enjoy. It will provide public and private outdoor space, art creation space and exhibition space, school, fitness centers, outdoor pools and spas, a grocer and food hall, and abundant parking.
Keeping with the fabric and characteristics of the Arts District has been a priority in shaping the plans for 6AM. This project embodies various recommendations from public planning workshops held by local organizations that were open to Arts Districts stakeholders. These supported recommendations include improved pedestrian infrastructure; more green space; exhibition venues; alternative energy sources; a river walk; public art; and maintaining the unique character of the Arts District.
Herzog & de Meuron are among the most thoughtful and accomplished architectural design firms in the world. Each of their designs – which includes the "Bird's Nest" Olympic Stadium in Beijing, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, 1111 Lincoln Road and the Perez Art Museum in Miami – responds uniquely to its context and purpose. Based in Basel, Switzerland, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron won the Pritzker Prize, architecture's highest international honor, in 2001.
Based on the heritage and characteristics, or typologies, that define the Arts District, Herzog & de Meuron have evolved the architectural concept of the "Fabric," "Table," "Fingers" and "Skyline" for 6AM. The entire property is defined by a horizontal "Table" at an elevation of 40 feet, respecting the height of surrounding buildings, with two or three levels of retail and other uses underneath within the "Fabric" in a series of individual buildings. Above the "Table" are a series of "Fingers," which are buildings housing apartments and creative office space that blend with surrounding structures. The "Skyline" is comprised of two 58-story residential towers that respond to the shapes and scale of the Downtown skyline. These towers also mark the intersection of 6th and Alameda streets as a prominent place within the District.
"Los Angeles is one of the leading cities in the world, and the Arts District is an area rich with a distinct heritage, well-defined characteristics and a diversity of creative uses," said Stephan Elieff, President, SunCal. "We envision a multi-faceted, arts-inspired development that respects and builds on the area's cultural atmosphere, responds to the preferences of the community and includes some beneficial features that residents and visitors can enjoy."
As with all recent projects proposed by the design team, 6AM will incorporate innovations to improve the efficiency of water use, including storm water management and energy consumption. The durability of Type I construction that will be incorporated demonstrates sustainability advantages, as will active and passive utility management and recycling systems. The project will be developed to a LEED Silver Certifiable Standard.
About Herzog & de Meuron
Herzog & de Meuron is a partnership led by Founding Partners Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron together with three Senior Partners: Christine Binswanger, Ascan Mergenthaler and Stefan Marbach. Herzog & de Meuron have designed a wide range of projects from the small scale of a private home to the large scale of urban design. While many of their projects are highly recognized public facilities, such as their stadiums and museums, they have also completed several distinguished private projects including apartment buildings, offices, and factories. Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron have been awarded numerous prizes including the Pritzker Architecture Prize (USA) in 2001, the RIBA Royal Gold Medal (UK) and the Praemium Imperiale (Japan), both in 2007. In 2014, Herzog & de Meuron were awarded the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) for 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.
SunCal acquires, entitles and develops major residential properties and commercial developments. The company creates distinctive master-planned and mixed-use communities that emphasize quality of life, environmental sensitivity and recreational opportunities. SunCal is one of the largest real estate development companies in the U.S. that specializes in large-scale, mixed-use master-planned communities, and has offices in Irvine, Calif.; Northern California; New York City; Washington, D.C.; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www.suncal.com.
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