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ARCH TOUR FEST: 9720 WILSHIRE BOULEVARD
May 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT$20 – $55
Photo Credit: Montalba Architects
Arch Tour Fest: 9720 Wilshire Boulevard – 2:00pm
Additional information regarding the tour and check-in process will be emailed directly to registrants 24 hours before the event.
Tour Organizer: Cillian Magee and Eric Wall
RENOVATION & TRANSFORMATION The project, completed by Montalba Architects in 2022 is a significant historical renovation of the original 1962 Edward Durrell Stone Building and a transformation of the basement level through addition of a new light filled garden atrium and sculpture that defines the plaza along Wilshire Boulevard in downtown Beverly Hills.
Originally recognized as one of the most significant West Coast buildings by prominent master architect Edward Durell Stone, the New Formalist structure was completed in 1962. Over the years, the historical building and its public plaza have remained an iconic location on Wilshire, yet much of the structure remained untouched from its last renovation a few decades ago. Montalba Architects was tasked by the Client to restore and upgrade the building to be more in line with its original status and prominence while creating a place that promotes community for the users of the building. Through placemaking, a once outdated plaza and underutilized space now promote engagement and interaction amongst those experiencing the historic building.
At the plaza level the central fountain, which had been decommissioned in line with water conservation efforts, was removed and a light well with a sunken garden was introduced in its place to bring a focal point to the previously underused basement. The natural light filtered below from the garden completely transforms the experience and usability of the space. The dynamic focal point at the center of the plaza includes a custom sculpture developed in our studio that surrounds the opening to the sunken garden below. Its bronze prongs arc upward as a nod to the arches of the building, the rhythm and undulation creating a sense of movement. New white concrete benches, landscaping and lighting revive and reactivate the public plaza, while the original rustic terrazzo pattern was removed and carefully restored to the original pattern and finish.
Tucked into the landscape is a new frameless glass and steel trellis, which provides security and enclosure around the lower level tenant entrance. Much like the subdued nature of the sunken garden, this intervention quietly situates itself into the context. The ground floor lobby was reimagined with a warm, restrained but handcrafted, palette of walnut panels, terrazzo flooring, bronze trim, fluted stone; all elements which nod to the midcentury origins. The small space benefits from the simple expression of materials and a ceiling light cove extending the perceptible height. A sense of formality is maintained with the feature wall niche at the reception desk.
Tour Led by:
Cillian Magee, RA, Associate, Montalba Architects
Eric Wall, Senior Designer, Montalba Architects
Original Architect: Edward Durrell Stone
Architect: Montalba Architects
Contractor: Del Amo Construction
Structural Engineer: Labib Funk + Associates
MEP Engineer: BuroHappold Consulting
Landscape Architect: OJB Landscape Architecture
Waterproofing Consultant: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Lighting Designer: Sean O’Connor Lighting
Sculpture Fabricator: Junoworks
Terrazzo Supplier: El Verde Terrazzo
Submitting for HSW credit TBD.
Free parking on the top level of the parking garage located behind the building. Additional free street parking throughout surrounding area.