Related California has started construction on a $120m apartment building which will rise just south of the under construction ‘The Broad’ museum on Grand Avenue between 2nd and 3rd streets in Los Angeles, US.
Designed by the US-based architecture firm Arquitectonica, the 19-storey building marks the first residential phase of the company’s Grand Avenue Project.
The building will feature 271 residences, of which 20% will be affordable apartments.
The building will be constructed as a rectangular white prism structure punctuated by windows of varying sizes and proportions.
Windows will gradually change in scale, culminating in ‘energy zones’ of full glass at the ground level on Grand Avenue and at the top of the building facing Hope Street and the freeway.
The site on which the building will be built, known as parcel M, was originally slated to be developed in a secondary phase of the Grand Avenue project.
A public plaza will be built between the apartments and the museum, which will serve as the key pedestrian link from the Regional Connector to Grand Avenue.
Original plans for the site included two towers of 35 storeys but Related California subsequently changed its plans to a single, 19-storey tower.
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry said the Broad and Related’s Grand Avenue apartment are the final phases in completing a pedestrian environment on Grand Avenue’s west side.
"This will be a lively area with the museum, plaza, new restaurants and soon the Regional Connector helping to fulfil the goal of activating this dynamic hub for culture, entertainment and living," Perry said.
The building is anticipated to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2014 and is expected to achieve LEED Silver Certification from the US Green Building Council.
LARGE Architecture is serving as the executive architect while Rios Clementi Hale Studios is landscape architect.
Marmol Radziner & Associates will be responsible for interior design, with Pankow acting as general contractor.