The Lofts at Century Plaza are an addition to the already existing hotel on site. The Century Plaza Hotel was slated for redevelopment by the owner, which proposed a complete demolition to all existing buildings on site. The developer was then going to design a series of large condo towers with retail on the ground. However, the Century Plaza Hotel has historic value, and therefore, my
design sought to maintain the original hotel structure.The project then became about nding a better solution for the developer rather than destroy the beautiful existing building.
The Lofts at Century Plaza is an adaptive reuse of the Century Plaza with construction of an added building. The last phase of the project is a rehabilitation of the current building, creating a ve star and four star hotel within the current building; these are separated by a oor of amenities on the eleventh oor. The second phase would be to build a brand new building called The Lofts at Century Plaza. The non-linear form is inspired by the curved shape of the Century Plaza, following similar geometry in a more modern fashion. The Lofts’ units range in size from a studio to a two bedroom. Due to the dierent square footages and narrow form of the building, some units are two stories, which provides some units with a view of both downtown and the beach. This stacking of units minimizes
public circulation, thereby maximizing unit size.
Apartments within the new structure will sit on top of retail spaces connected by a foot bridge that runs over the street to the Century City Mall. This connection is vital in order to draw shoppers to the new retail spaces in The Lofts at Century Plaza.
The Century Plaza courtyard design is based on California topographies, its pool mimics beautiful Southern California beaches. The central plaza area mimics the California desert, as it displays small cacti, similar to planters at the Century City Mall. The central plaza has a raised central stage with a waterfall feature behind it to act as a gathering space, surrounded by new retail and restaurants.
Status: School Project
Location: Century City, CA, US