Project in focus: One Beverly Hills

by | 09 Sep 2020 | Design, Projects

The One Beverly Hills vision combines landmark architecture with beautiful green spaces (photo: DBOX)

We take a look at One Beverly Hills – a US$2 billion plan to transform a prominent site into a mixed-use scheme featuring a new luxury hotel, condos and botanical gardens – with help from the likes of Foster + Partners and Gensler.

An ambitious masterplan for a complex site featuring the iconic Beverly Hilton, 9900 Wilshire and a gas station could soon reshape a key gateway to LA. Foster + Partners is behind the overall concept, while Gensler is acting as executive architect.

A bold prospect at a high-profile address

Excitement is growing about the potential for a stunning new LA development. One Beverly Hills is set to be a sprawling complex spread over a built area of 1.375 million sq ft, boasting residential towers, hotels, and public and private gardens.

The site has changed hands a number of times over the years, most recently being bought by Alagem Capital Group and Cain International from Beijing-based Dalian Wanda Group for US$445 million in 2018.

Alagem Capital chief executive Beny Alagem said recently that the end goal had always been to merge the adjoining sites. “The natural way is to integrate them into a gateway for Beverly Hills,” he said. “This incredible site does that.”

A stunning new concept by Norman Foster

Starchitect Norman Foster is behind the overall masterplan for the project. Speaking in a recent interview, he said: “This is not breast-beating, look-at-me architecture. It’s something you discover on a human scale.”

It’s envisaged that the development will feature both high- and low-rise elements, with two residential towers of 28 and 32 storeys housing 303 condos. Additionally, there will be a ten-storey luxury hotel – boasting 42 all-suite guest rooms along with 37 residential units and a signature restaurant – plus retail units spread over four floors.

Meanwhile, the existing Beverly Hilton and Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills hotels will remain on the property’s eastern side.

However, the defining feature of One Beverly Hills will be its focus on greenery and vegetation. Surrounding the edifices will be 4.5 acres of publicly accessible botanical gardens, with an additional 3.5 acres of private gardens meandering throughout the site. Rios Studios will act as the landscape architect on the project.

Construction is expected to start in 2021 and be completed by 2024.

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