Vajra Hodges

Vajra Hodges

Los Angeles, CA, US


Bank of America Plaza Lobby (2008) - Los Angeles, California - Brookfield Properties - 23,652 SF

Bank of America Plaza, located in Bunker Hill, is one of the most prestigious office properties in
downtown Los Angeles. Completed in 1974, by AC Martin Architects, the 55-story building's
public spaces needed to be reinvigorated. The building’s owners, Brookfield Properties, retained
us to bring new life to the building interiors. Retaining the building’s modernist aesthetics, we
softened and brightened the main lobby with new lighting and replaced the grey smoke glass
railings to new, low iron glass with simple stainless steel rail detail. New security and concierge
desks, turnstiles, carpeting in the elevator lobbies, along with new elevator interiors, furniture and
lobby doors brought new life to the skyscraper's vast lobby. Taking inspiration from the blazing
red-orange, 42-foot-high "Four Arches" sculpture by Alexander Calder, which stands just outside
the lobby doors, we collaborated with Tapestry artist, Christopher Farr, to bring in bolder touches
with warmth and texture. Five custom tapestries, made of hand-spun wool and mohair, were
flat-woven in Turkey on looms designed to accommodate supersize dimensions, the largest more
than 20 feet wide by 41 feet high. Stretched across aluminum frames specially engineered by
Gilsanz Murray Steficek, the tapestries span multiple levels on three of the lobby walls bringing an
invigorating dose of saturated color giving the building luster and warmth.

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Status: Built
Location: Los Angeles, CA, US
My Role: Job Captain