METROPOLITAN LOFTS occupies a once-barren city block of mostly surface parking near the entertainment district and the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Inspired by 20th-century Dutch Modernism, the exposed concrete, steel, and glass building is organized around a landscaped courtyard with views to downtown. The 264 units feature typical loft fare—high ceilings, open kitchens, exposed elements—but the project also includes ground-floor live/work units and a variety of on-site amenities such as a pool, a fitness center, a spa, and a business center, among other goodies.

Category: Apartments–rental; Entrant/Architect/Land planner/Interior designer: Johnson Fain, Los Angeles; Builder: Swinerton Builders, Los Angeles; Developer: Forest City Residential West, Los Angeles; Landscape architect: Mia Lehrer + Associates, Los Angeles

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