|PROJECT NAME||InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown|
|SQ. FT.||1,000,000 SQF|
It seems like yesterday that presented journalists with the architectural model for a mixed-use project that would alter the city’s skyline. Martin, then design principal, revealed a tower with a hotel and offices, a podium at the bottom, capped by a pool terrace. Years passed, and we monitored progress. By the opening, the next generation—design principal Christopher King, director of design , and project director for interiors —had taken over the 110-year-old family firm. This is its first comprehensive hospitality interiors project.
It includes a street-level entry, a sky lobby up on 70, three restaurants, two ballrooms, a gym, and 899 guest rooms and suites. For sure, figurative conceits were needed to tame the vastness. “Each space has its own personality—like the characters in a movie,” Lévesque says. Sterling adds, “We’re trying to dispel the myth of L.A. as a vast valley with no soul.”
Guests arrive at a porte cochere with a mural that evokes sights from the LAX sign to palm trees. “It’s like driving through L.A. at dusk,” King says. Bona fide blue-chip art follows with the entry’s rainbow wall installation by . Photomurals, a key element in the guest quarters, include an aerial shot of houses and swimming pools that’s been emblazoned with the words California Dreaming.
Project Team:; ; Tammy Jow; ; Tim Redmond; Isaac Luna; Peter Kim; ; Jorge Medrano; Melanie Gutierrez; ; Edmund Lau; ;; ; ; ; ; Joanne Camacho; ; ; ; ; ; ; Greg Prelogar; Gary Broeker; Kumiko Matsuda; Jessica Houlemard.