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Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Los Angeles, CA

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This project incorporates 100 years of Los Angeles history into an ambitious 21st-century commercial district linking downtown to L.A.’s arts district. A century ago this site was a hub of a different kind, where goods were unloaded from railroad cars, loaded onto trucks, and delivered across Southern California. 

The design reimagines the 30-acre campus, embracing its historic character through the use of industrial materials and raw utilitarian details, while transforming the long rows of warehouse-style buildings into 1.3 million sq. ft. of creative office space. The concrete storefronts surrounding 100 unique retail stores and restaurants are punctuated with surprise moments of street art that layer on the area’s wayfinding graphics for energetic moments to anchor and orient visitors. A light touch in the design gives an authentic posture to the evolving nature of this place. 

Market Row is the district’s high-end shopping street, punctuated by gardens for relaxing and grandstand seating for people-watching and lingering. Dock Street remains open to deliveries in the early morning, but later its dock-height sidewalks become a promenade. The existing produce market, where L.A.’s bodegas have long sourced their fruits and vegetables, remains largely unchanged, serving as a vivid reminder of the area’s historic origins. 

At the southwest corner of the site, a cascading rooftop park signals the addition of a 10-story 4,000-space parking garage. Its walls enveloped with greenery are emblematic of the landscape approach to the entire site, which encourages nature to gradually encroach on the old industrial site, harkening back to a pre-industrial era. 

 
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Status: Built
Location: Los Angeles, CA, US
Firm Role: Architect

 
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Gathering areas
Gathering areas
Rooftop meadow
Rooftop meadow
Living Garage
Living Garage