Oceanwide Plaza, a mixed-use development in the South Park neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles, has topped off its trio of towers. Scheduled to be completed next year, the CallisonRTKL-designed complex will feature a five-star Park Hyatt hotel with interiors by Studio Munge, as well as 504 residences and a collection of retailers and restaurants. It will also be home to the city’s tallest residential tower, which commenced construction in 2015.
The Park Hyatt project marks the luxury brand’s first hotel and branded residences on the West Coast. That 49-story building will be comprised of a 184-room hotel topped by 164 serviced hotel residences. (The other 340 apartments will be housed in two 40-story towers, The Residences at Oceanwide Plaza.)
“The Park Hyatt has a uniqueness in each of their properties, and I love that about the brand,” says Alessandro Munge, principal of his eponymous multidisciplinary firm and one of the cover subjects of Boutique Design‘s January + February issue. “Our job as designers is to deliver an experience through design which relates to that service the [flag] is known for. It has to be of true quality, it has to be timeless.”
Located adjacent to the Staples Center and L.A. Live near the Los Angeles Convention Center (which is home to the Boutique Design West (BDwest) trade fair/conference), project participants say the complex’s design offers a departure from the standardized glass curtain and masonry architecture of the city’s downtown. The developer, Beijing-based Oceanwide Holdings, enlisted CallisonRTKL as a consultant to design features such as the 700-ft. LED ribbon wrapping the perimeter of the building. Beyond that, the firm plans to create glass elevators with LED bands and landscaped retail paseos that incorporate local plant life.
Celebrity fitness trainer and nutritionist Harley Pasternak has conceptualized the development’s amenity spaces, including a two-acre sky park. Leisure offerings such as a fitness center, children’s play area, basketball court and two dog parks will also be on-site.
“It’s been a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch a project of this magnitude and importance come to life,” says Daun St. Amand, senior vice president of CallisonRTKL’s LA office and sector leader for the firm’s residential design group. “Oceanwide Plaza will truly help reshape not only the downtown skyline, but also the greater LA community through its unique 1.5 million sq. ft. of lifestyle, residential and retail offerings.”
Thomas Feng, ceo of Oceanwide Plaza, adds, “As one of the largest mixed-use projects in the history of the city, the development is not only reshaping the city’s skyline, it’s redefining urban living by curating an amenity-rich lifestyle. We believe more than ever that Oceanwide Plaza will be an epicenter for the energy transcending from various focal points within this great city.”