414.1, Major Building Design
Craig Hodgetts, Professor
At the intersection of Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevard, in Beverly Hills, there is a particularly interesting intersection, which we will investigate as a study of the interaction of architecture and urbanism. The site consists of a sliver of land bounded by Santa Monica Boulevard and its sister street Little Santa Monica, and an adjacent triangle of land bound- ed by Wilshire Boulevard and Little Santa Monica. Little Santa Monica is primarily a feeder to the network of shopping to the South, while Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard are part of a larger inter-urban framework in which the majority of traffic is bound for far-flung destinations across the Los Angeles Metropolitan Region.
For purposes of the Studio, we will consider the impact of a hypothetical subway station where there will be a major new destination at this location, such as a boutique hotel.
Such a hotel would be an appropriate “gateway” to the Beverly Hills retail area and help to consolidate the diverse vectors of auto and pedestrian activity generated by the surrounding shops and offices. Thus, the focus of the studio will be the design of the hotel itself, with an emphasis on its character as an iconic form, as well as the many issues of parking, guest services, vertical transportation and circulation which are intrinsic to the design of a hotel.
Students will be required to generate a typical hotel room at sufficient scale to incorporate details of furnishings and surfaces, and to relate that de- sign to the overall circulation and form of the hotel itself. A sectional development will consider the relationship of hotel facilities to the buried sub- way station, major spaces such as ballrooms and parking structures, and important secondary features such as a Fitness Center and a restaurant.
Students will be encouraged to utilize both physical and digital modeling in order to fully appreciate the complex forms which may arise as a result of the unusual qualities of the site and its surrounding context, and to generate a complete design at the Concept Level, which will articulate structural and cladding concepts, ADA strategies, and provide for normal back-of-house accommodations such as laundry and hotel offices and workshops.
Students: Ciro Dimson, Yuan Dong, Julie Ehrlich, Max Irish, Xiaorui Lin, Mark Simpson, Derek Woods, Cheuk Yau.