Updates Announced for Frank Gehry’s Ocean Avenue Development

The project will serve as one of several fixtures in a master plan for the city's downtown. All images courtesy city of Santa Monica.

Updated renderings and design details of Frank Gehry’s Ocean Avenue project have been revealed by developers. The hotel tower of the mixed-use Santa Monica, California, development has been lowered from its previously proposed 22 stories to 12 in order to comply with the city’s new development plotted for the city’s downtown. Plans for a condominium block have also been diminished. The project will serve as one of several fixtures in a master plan that seeks to install residences, retail, a museum, and ground-floor public space.

Images courtesy city of Santa Monica.

Spread across two acres, Gehry’s Ocean Avenue project will comprise the tower, three smaller units, and two preserved landmarked structures. The lower half of the white, ribbon-like tower will house a 115-room hotel, and be crowned with a 5,000-square-foot rooftop observatory. The 40,000-square-foot museum will be installed behind the two historic buildings, positioned to promote pedestrian engagement with Santa Monica’s historic sites. Pedestrian pathways have also been altered from their original layout to better connect the project to the neighborhood.