Hollywood, CA


Program: A 110,000-square-foot, 20-story residential tower with 67 live-work lofts and a fitness center on the mezzanine. Floors two through sixteen have four units each, floors seventeen through nineteen have two, and the twentieth floor features a single penthouse unit. New construction at the base of the tower creates space for three restaurants.

Design concept and solution: In transforming a 1960s office tower—the tallest high-rise in Hollywood—into  lofts, the architects wanted to show off the building's steel structure by contrasting it with clean new finishes. Leaving the stairs and elevator core intact, they gutted the interior and reskinned the exterior in a transparent glass curtainwall. The new facade hovers just beyond the steel beams, forming a clear glass box that reveals the tower's internal structure. On the north and south walls, ten-story billboards pop out from the exterior, adding square footage (and privacy) to the bedrooms behind them, and creating balconies for those just above. On the interior, Kanner fireproofed the steel structure and painted it gray. White gypsum board walls and dropped soffits play up the contrast between the dark steel and the light dwelling space: the rooms appear to float against a recessed backdrop.

Kanner Architects
1558 10th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: 310-451-5400
Fax: 310-451-5440

Location: Hollywood, CA

Completion Date: March 2010


Owner: CIM Group

Kanner Architects
1558 10th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: 310-451-5400
Fax: 310-451-5440

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Stephen H. Kanner FAIA, Principal in Charge
Melanie Kao AIA, Project Architect
Carol Templeton AIA, Project Architect
Damian LeMons, Project Manager
Allan Dietel AIA, Senior Architect
John Mebasser, Senior Architect

(Registered Architects include: Stephen Kanner, Melanie Kao, Carol Templeton, Allan Dietel, John Mebasser)

Interior designer:
Kanner Architects

Structural: Nabih Youssef Associates

Civil: KPFF Consulting Engineers

MEP: DesignBuild

LA Group


VSA Associates

Jon Weir Associates (curtain wall)
Newton Energy (energy)
Brown/Meshul, Inc. (land use)
HKA Elevator Consulting (elevator)
Kanner Architects (environmental graphics)

General contractor: West Builders

Nicolas O.S. Marques

CAD system, project management, or other software used:  Autocad


Structural system
Existing steel frame from 1960’s office building

Exterior cladding
Angelus Block (ground floor stair enclosure)

Metal/glass curtainwall:
PPG Solarban 60 Caribia unitized glazing: 1” insulated clearglazed aluminum curtain wall (Floors 2 thru roof)
ACM panels fabricated by Woodbridge Glass (Supergraphic billboard walls, Floors 716)

Arcadia aluminum storefront (Ground floor)

Sliding doors:
Nanawall accordion doors (17th floor penthouse balconies)

Firecontrol doors, security grilles:
WonDoor (Mezzanine)
Cookson firerated overhead door (Garage)

Locksets: Schlage


Exit devices: Monarch

Pulls: Schlage Neptune & Elan

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings:
Gypsum board / exposed ceiling with painted fireproofing

Paints and stains:
Frazee Paint

Trespa Athlon phenolic paneling (Lobbies)

Plastic laminate:
Formica Colorcore Polished White (Lobby & mezzanine)
Formica Ebony (Kitchen cabinets)

Special surfacing:
Caesarstone Blizzard (Lobby and unit counters)

Floor and wall tile:
Classic Tile & Mosaic glass tile (Retail façade)
Daltile Techno Gray V151 (Unit bathroom flooring)
Daltile Rittenhouse Square, Arctic White (Shower walls)

Resilient flooring: Armstrong

Carpet: Mohawk Durkan “Merit”

Lobby Lighting
Moooi pendant clusters

Mitsubishi (Retail elevator and modernization of tower elevators)

Toto bathroom sinks & lowflush toilet fixtures
Grohe faucets & mixing valves

Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project:
Max Windsor Hudson maple engineered wood flooring (Units)

Acousticork wood flooring underlayment (Units)

Mondo Ramflex fitness room flooring

Terrazzo by Corradini per custom mix (Lobby and entry steps)

Walls – Exterior
Recycled granite panels from existing building’s bank lobby, and reused at new planters

Metecno API prefinished insulated corrugated metal panels (Retail building East wall)

Walls – Interior
Cement Board Fabricators (CBF) Minerit heavy duty cement board cladding (Lobby)

Veritas resin panel (Mailbox wall accent)

Forms & Surfaces Savannah ribbed stainless steel panels (Elevator cabs)

Western Integrated aluminum door frames

Titus linear diffusers

Mechoshade window coverings (Units)

Window Washing
Skyrider Gomyl roof car window washing system

Sarnafil fullyadhered PVC cool roof membrane (Retail and tower roofs)

Titan standing seam cool roof (Retail parapet)

Fry metal column covers (Lobby)

Removed column finishes from existing concrete columns (Lobby thru 2nd flr) and applied light sandblast for exposed concrete finish


  • Reuse of an existing building – maintained structural frame, floors & roof, and building core
  • Recycling of aluminum removed from existing building’s curtain wall system
  • Energyefficient insulated glazed aluminum curtain wall system with solar control LowE glass
  • Energyefficient reflective white “cool roof”
  • Lowflush plumbing fixtures
  • EnergyStar appliances
  • Low VOC paints
  • Increased ventilation (to previously closed building)
  • Roller shades with Greenguard certification
  • Terrazzo with recycled glass chips