Designer: SOM, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
Location: West Hollywood
Local developer CIM and the city of West Hollywood have finally come to an agreement over the once-stalled project formerly known as Sunset Millennium. Located in the center of West Hollywood’s entertainment and retail district, the project’s first phase was completed years ago. Phase two, which occupies the parcels east and west of La Cienega on Sunset, was supposed to begin in 2008. Now called Sunset|La Cienega, the four-tower megaproject—consisting of residential, retail, and hotel components—will take over the south side of Sunset Boulevard, where the Tiffany Theater, the Peterson Building, and other mid-century buildings now stand. Demolition of those structures has already begun.
In their place will rise two ten-story hotel towers and two eight-story residential towers. SOM designed the hotels, while the residential towers were a team effort by SOM and Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA). Both schemes feature buildings that are set back and slightly rotated to form large entries and view corridors. On either side of La Cienega, the towers are unified by ground floor retail and integrate public terraces with gardens and outdoor amenities designed by landscape architecture firm Mia Lehrer + Associates. LOHA, which has worked on several housing projects in West Hollywood, has also been given the green light on a twenty-unit mixed-use complex off San Vicente.