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Sinuous, twisting hotel tower coming to L.A.’s Sunset Strip

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A new 19-story hotel tower by R&A Design is coming to a stretch of the Sunset Strip that has seen much controversy lately.(Courtesy R&A Design)
A new 19-story hotel tower by R&A Design is coming to a stretch of the Sunset Strip that has seen much controversy lately.(Courtesy R&A Design)

According to recently-submitted documentation, a sinuous hotel tower designed by Culver City–based R&A Design slated for the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California is one step closer to coming to fruition.

Developer Charles Company recently submitted the project—located at 9034 Sunset Boulevard—for approval by the City of West Hollywood. If built as planned, the 19-story tower-and-podium complex will include 185 hotel rooms, 17,000 square feet of hotel-related banquet and event spaces, 5,700-square feet of retail space, a 7,500-square-foot restaurant, and a 915-square-foot art gallery. The project also calls for 550 parking stalls to be located in a four-story underground parking garage. The project would also include 14 apartment units and a helipad on its roof, Wehoville reports.

The 19-story-tall tower will bring 185 hotel rooms to West Hollywood in an iconic, undulating form.(Courtesy R&A Design)

The so-called Sunset Tower project is set back from the street and is located on a 1.3-acre T-shaped lot. The tower portion of the project features curved and rotating floor plates that project beyond the building envelope to create outdoor spaces as the floors rise and shift in position. Renderings for the project also depict the tower’s upper levels with much taller floor-to-floor heights, indicating that those levels will likely contain public spaces. The project’s retail and restaurant uses will be organized within a three-story podium structure that will meet the sidewalk. The podium structure is depicting as having a rooftop pool and other amenity spaces.

The complex is located on a 1.3-acre, T-shaped site and features a broad walkway connecting the tower to the sidewalk.(Courtesy R&A Design)

The hotel tower complex comes as the West Hollywood area continues to add sizable numbers of new hotel complexes on and around Sunset Boulevard. Neil M. Denari Architects recently proposed a 91-unit hotel for a nearby site that features black metal panel cladding. A hugely controversial hotel tower project by Gehry Partners is slated for 8150 Sunset Boulevard and has been held up with lawsuits and community outcry for its height as well as the developer’s plans to tear down an iconic mid-century modern bank that currently occupies the site.

A timeline for approval of the Sunset Tower project has not been announced.

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