BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- 8600 Wilshire, a luxury residential project in Beverly Hills, has been named "Best Design Concept" at the Los Angeles Business Council's 45th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards. The project, designed by global architecture firm MAD, and led by its founding partner Ma Yansong, 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 center, 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 neighborhood 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.
Founded by Chinese architect Ma Yansong in 2004, MAD Architects is a global architecture firm committed to developing futuristic, organic, technologically advanced designs that embody a contemporary interpretation of the Eastern affinity for nature. With its core design philosophy of Shanshui City – a vision for the city of the future based in the spiritual and emotional needs of residents – MAD endeavors to create a balance between humanity, the city, and the environment. www.i-mad.com
About Gruen Associates
Gruen Associates is one of Los Angeles' best known legacy architecture firms that can boast a portfolio of landmark projects spanning nearly 70 years. Building on the trailblazing success of founder Victor Gruen; since the beginning, our landmark buildings enhance the urban landscape, and shape the environment for millions of users. Gruen Associates is the recent recipient of the 2015 Firm Award from the AIA California Council, a coveted award from which our peers recognized our contributions to the profession, through our practice of architecture, landscape architecture, planning and urban design. Singularly or combined, the impact of our projects and our firm's influence in our communities and in our profession is without question. Additional information can be found at www.gruenassociates.com.
About Rottet Studio
Rottet Studio is an international architecture and design firm that is led by founding principal Lauren Rottet, alongside managing principal David Davis, and principal Richard Riveire. Rottet Studio has an extensive portfolio of corporate clients including United Talent Agency, The Walt Disney Company and Target Corporation; hospitality clients including the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel, New York City's The Surrey and Loews Regency, Langham Hotels, the St. Regis Aspen resort, Viking cruises, and impressive private residences around the country. Additionally, the firm's furniture line, Rottet Collection, features a selection of contemporary home furnishings that are in line with the innovative aesthetic for which the studio is known for. Rottet Studio has offices in Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Shanghai. www.rottetstudio.com
Palisades is a real estate firm based in Beverly Hills, California, which invests in, develops and manages residential and commercial properties in the greater Los Angeles area. The firm is committed to creating projects that highlight innovative and sustainable design, and make a positive impact on local communities. www.palisad.es
Renderings courtesy of MAD