Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects [LOHA]

Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects [LOHA]

Los Angeles, CA


AKA West Hollywood

Located at one of the most prominent intersections in the Los Angeles region, AKA at Sunset | La Cienega is a transformative mixed-use residential complex that reactivates the heart of the iconic Sunset Strip. This redevelopment project harnesses the site’s inherent complexity and the neighborhood’s world-renowned cultural legacy to create a vibrant new hub of diverse urban activity.

A design collaboration between SOM and Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA], the 190-unit residential development is situated on the southwest corner of Sunset and La Cienega Boulevards. The two-acre scheme consists of two, 8-story towers rising above a 30,000-square-foot retail podium. The transparency of the glass-enclosed ground level blurs the distinction between the public and private realms. A strategic opening between the two buildings frames an inviting pedestrian plaza that seamlessly links the project with the busy adjacent streetscape and gestures out to the larger city by offering sweeping views of the Los Angeles Basin.

The dynamically patterned and folded building envelopes activate the project’s exterior, expressing a thoughtful structural and geometric rationality and creating a dramatic interplay of Southern California light and shadow. The towers’ strategic orientation maximizes captivating vistas of the surrounding landscape from each 8-foot-by-8-foot window. The structures’ streamlined facades, punctuated with integrated billboards, reflect the Sunset Strip’s visual energy and bold commercial legacy.

Sunset | La Cienega’s skillfully articulated architecture and publicly accessible urban design elements restore the pulse of this premier West Hollywood site and seek to catalyze the next phase of a dynamic community’s impressive trajectory. 

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Status: Built
Location: West Hollywood, CA, US
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Architects:
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Gene Schnair – Managing Partner
Steve Sobel - Managing Director
Craig Hartman – Design Partner
Paul Danna - Design Director
Jose Palacios - Design Director
Dan Herman - Project Manager
Kevin Conway –Design Architect
Jeffrey Miller –Technical Architect
Kashif Ghani – Architect
Houston Drum – Architect
Goldy Lee -- Designer
Isshin Morimoto -- Designer

Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
Lorcan O'Herlihy – Principal
Donnie Schmidt – Project Director
Damian Possidente – Project Manager
Christopher Lim – Designer
Kazu Shichishima – Designer
Chris Faulhammer – Designer
Yulis Ayton – Designer
Hyun Kim – Designer

SOM Structural Engineering:
Mark Sarkisian – Seismic and Structural Engineering Partner
Eric Long, Andrew Krebs – Senior Structural Engineer

SOM Graphics (Code):
Lonny Israel

MEP / FP (Design) - Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.
Mechanical (Engineer of Record) - ACCO Engineered Systems
Electrical (Engineer of Record) - A. J. Kirkwood & Associates, Inc.
Plumbing (Engineer of Record) - Murray Company
Fire Protection (Engineer of Record) – G & A Fire Protection Corp.
Civil Engineering - PSOMAS Engineering, Inc.
Geotechnical Engineering - GeoDesign, Inc.
Landscape Architecture - Mia Lehrer + Associates
Lighting Design - Francis Krahe & Associates, Inc.
Vertical Transportation - Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.
Acoustics - Veneklasen Associates
Graphics – EGG
Code – Jensen Hughes
Low Voltage - PlanNet Consulting

Photographers: David Lena, Bret Jespersen, Eric Staudenmaier