Metropolis

  • Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Completion Date
    December, 2019
  • Size
    1.5 acres
  • Team
    Architect: Harley Ellis Devereaux
    Civil Engineer: Breen Engineering
    Structural Engineer: Saiful Bouquet
    Lighting Designer: CD+M Lighting Design Group
    Irrigation Designer: Sweeney & Associates
    Water Feature Designer: Aquatic Design Group
  • Photography
    Hunter Kerhart, NeoScape (renderings)

About

This California Modern-inspired amenity deck is an oasis in the city. More than 1,250 luxury residential units are distributed between two towers with two floors of high-end retail along the street. With its proximity to downtown Los Angeles, the goal was to create a calming place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. A generous amenity deck is sited between the two towers atop the parking garage. This orientation affords dramatic views of downtown and views west to Hollywood Hills.

To mitigate the scale of the deck, smaller areas are defined with rich ornamental planting, evoking the feel of a detailed landscaped garden. A lap pool, spa area, event pavilion, activity lawns, dog park, and children’s play area, each with the feel of a distinct garden room, offer areas for interaction, fun, relaxation, and wellness. To build community, event terraces are located midway at each of the towers and feature outdoor kitchens, gathering areas, a small event lawn, and expressive planting.

Rows of palm trees and desert planting create a large-scale frame that encourages gathering in the pool and spa area. More than 150 trees were planted on the roof deck, providing much-needed shade and sequestering 24,000 lb. of carbon annually. Trees also intercept more than 100,000 gallons of water annually, a critical element for the increasingly dry Los Angeles basin.

Fitness class attendees enjoy dramatic views across the amenity deck to the Hollywood Hills beyond.

The downtown Los Angeles streetscape invites passersby to linger under the shade of the street trees.

Metropolis in the Lab

Metropolis

Metropolis

  • LAND
  • PLANTING
  • WATER
  • SOCIAL

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of usable outdoor space on this 9th floor amenity roof deck

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new trees planted on the roof deck and 50 new trees planted in the streetscape

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of water potentially intercepted by the trees, which is equivalent to the water usage for 1,000 American residents in one day

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people can be seated on the roof deck in loungers, café tables, loveseats, and group dining tables

LAND

0acres

of usable outdoor space on this 9th floor amenity roof deck

PLANTING

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new trees planted on the roof deck and 50 new trees planted in the streetscape

WATER

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of water potentially intercepted by the trees, which is equivalent to the water usage for 1,000 American residents in one day

SOCIAL

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people can be seated on the roof deck in loungers, café tables, loveseats, and group dining tables