Kengo Kuma and Natoma Architects to Collaborate with SOM and JCFO in LA

The mixed-use design will include street-level retail and two 30- to 40-story towers. All images courtesy SOM.

Kengo Kuma and Associates and Natoma Architects have joined the list of firms collaborating on the 1111 Sunset Boulevard development in Downtown Los Angeles. The team designing the 5.5-acre community hub also includes SOM and James Corner Field Operations (JCFO). A timeline for the project has not yet been revealed.

Images courtesy SOM.

The mixed-use complex will accommodate retail and creative office spaces in addition to 778 low-rise residential units crafted to reflect the design characteristics of the surrounding neighborhood. JCFO will spearhead the creation of more than two acres of open space outfitted with terraces, gardens, courtyards, and water features, while Kengo Kuma will design a boutique hotel concept onsite. Two 30- to 40-story towers will also be constructed with a solid, monolithic base that gives way to floor plates that cantilever above the master plan’s shared plaza.

Images courtesy SOM.

Street-level retail will activate nearby sidewalks, which will organically integrate public transit and ride-sharing points into the landscape. New pedestrian access points will be established along the perimeter as well to provide zealous access to open-space amenities.