Pritzker Prize-winning architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron and developer SunCal have revealed plans for a $2 billion mixed-use development in the heart of Los Angeles’s Arts District, which is located at the southern edge of the city’s Downtown neighborhood. Dubbed 6AM for its location on 6th street, the project—which includes two 58-story towers—will be the tallest structures in the District, and will feature live/work residences and creative offices as well as two hotels, retail, and public gathering spaces.
The firm has conceptualized a contemporary design that aims to complement the creative, industrial neighborhood. Articulated as a grouping of parallel bars, the development’s 1,736 residences, offices, and hotels will be raised approximately forty feet above street level on a platform. The areas beneath and between those spaces will contain the development’s commercial units, walking paths, and social areas.
"Los Angeles is one of the leading cities in the world, and the Arts District is an area rich with a distinct heritage, well-defined characteristics and a diversity of creative uses," says Stephan Elieff, president of SunCal in a press release issued today by the developer. "We envision a multi-faceted, arts-inspired development that respects and builds on the area's cultural atmosphere, responds to the preferences of the community and includes some beneficial features that residents and visitors can enjoy."
The 14.5-acre site is located at 6th and Alameda on the largest parcel in the Arts District. As many of Herzog & de Meuron’s recent projects have, 6AM will incorporate innovations to improve the efficiency of water use and energy consumption. It is planned to be developed to the LEED Silver Certifiable Standard.
The development aims to catalyze the creation of a new skyscraper district within the neighborhood. According to the press release, the project will “remain true to the well-articulated preferences of the local community, which include high-quality design, durable materials and a place where art can flourish in the Arts District.”