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Kimmo Sahakangas

Kimmo Sahakangas

Torrance, CA, US

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Two commercial levels face Sunset Boulevard / inspired by Los Angeles car wash facilities
Two commercial levels face Sunset Boulevard / inspired by Los Angeles car wash facilities
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Grand Plaza / 1989-1992

This downtown mixed-use development is comprised of 302 HUD very low-income senior apartment units and two levels of retail and office lease spaces.... an inaugural project conceived under the Mixed-Use Guidelines spearheaded by Mayor Tom Bradley. Anchored at Sunset and Grand, challenging topography resulted in several pedestrian access points to the building. The lower two commercial levels have access to Sunset where the ground level is partially occupied by a supermarket. The residential podium level is accessed by arcades and an auto court off an inclined Grand. It features an immense "ship" deck at the second residential level allowing a view to activity below. Apartments are connected to a circulation spine... a "coiled snake" articulating four courts of various size and function. The design solution combines inspiration from several sources... a stereotypical Los Angeles car wash along Sunset's base... the one kilometer long Karl Marx Hof in Vienna... Schindler type balconies... and the late Pan Pacific Auditorium with freestanding columns. Since 1992, many more similar projects have appeared in Los Angeles.

 
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Status: Built
Location: Los Angeles, CA, US
My Role: Project Architect and Designer

 
Second commercial level with access to Grand Avenue
Second commercial level with access to Grand Avenue
Podium level auto court facing Grand Avenue
Podium level auto court facing Grand Avenue
Freestanding columns inspired by the Pan Pacific Auditorium
Freestanding columns inspired by the Pan Pacific Auditorium
Courtyard offers vegetable gardens and extensive space for tai chi
Courtyard offers vegetable gardens and extensive space for tai chi
Four stories of apartments akin to a 'coiled snake'
Four stories of apartments akin to a "coiled snake"