655 South Hope Street

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655 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA

655 South Hope Street
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Exterior of 655 South Hope Street
Building Information
Developer SECK Group, LLC
Architect Gensler Architects / Van Tilburg, Banvard, and Soderbergh
Number of Units 80
Number of Floors 17
Year Built 2009
Construction Method Steel
Type of Roof IRMA
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655 South Hope Street
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region Los Angeles
Municipality los Angeles
Zoning C2-4D
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

655 South Hope Street was originally constructed in 1964 as an eight story office building for the Republic Federal Savings & Loan Association. The building was transformed and expanded in 1985 by Gensler Architects.

Front View of 655 South Hope Street

Boldly marketed as offering "The ultimate urban living experience" since its transformation and re-opening in 2009, 655 South Hope Street now offers 80 residences over its 17 stories. The converted building is zoned as a live-work structure with luxurious living and convenience of a metropolis for busy professionals.

This office tower conversion offers a central location in downtown Los Angeles near public transit, and stands out among its historic context with a modern emerald exterior of steel, stone, and glass.

Originally designed by architecture firm Van Tilburg, Banvard, and Soderbergh, who are also known as VTBS Architects, 655 South Hope Street offers a unique glass and stucco structure with pyramid-like designs at each exposure.

The convenient location of the now residential building offers a place to call home where residents can walk to work, enjoy the on-site fitness center and rooftop deck, and take advantage of the many restaurants and entertainment spots nearby.[1]



Location

Entrance at 655 South Hope Street
Situated on what is known as "restaurant row" in the Historic Core of downtown Los Angeles, 655 South Hope Street offers convenient access to some great restaurants, markets, and eateries, including Ralphs’ Fresh Faire and Louies Gourmet Market, as well as two fast eateries being offered directly inside the building. Fine dining restaurants such as Noe or Patina offer classic elegance.

Errand-running is simple at 655 South Hope Street. The building is located across from the post office and Macy's Plaza, next to Coffee Bean, and two blocks away from Kinkos Fed Ex and Bank of America. Also nearby are entertainment spots and theaters that include Nokia Theater, Staples Center, Cineplex, Disney Concert Hall, and over 30 different restaurants and bars.

The area is bustling with architectural heritage building that include the City Hall Tower, the landmark Central Library which is just around the corner, and many classic 1920's buildings. Art Deco facades litter the street and fascinate practically every block. Broadway offers many preserved movie palaces as well as the Bradbury Building, which conceals an interior gem of unique design.

Just one block west from the building is Metro Center Station, and there are many other bus stations nearby. Nearby outdoor places include Maguire Gardens, Pershing Square, Grand Hope Park, and Grand Park. Loyola Law School, College Ready Academy High, Golden Gate University, and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising are all located nearby the building.[2]

Construction

655 South Hope Street during Construction

655 South Hope Street underwent a recent condominium conversion which was completed in 2008; this structure used to serve as the office "Metro Center" and now offers 80 residential units that are zoned as live/work. The 17 story structure encompasses a total for area of 8,386 m².

The second floor offers the building's amenities and floor three through five are used for indoor parking. The roof of the building is utilized at the entertainment roof deck with a barbecue and lounge chairs, and also offers a unique helicopter landing pad. The building omits the 13th floor, perhaps for superstitious reasons.

The postmodern design offers a glass and stucco exterior that is simple and reminiscent of its earlier usage as an office building; the exposures are smooth and feature no balconies. Each exposure has minimal detailing, the only intrigue offered in the emerald green color scheme and the step-up, pyramid shaped stucco detailing at each side.

The stone base offers a grand, step-up entrance into the double-height lobby, which is situated directly at the corner intersection of South Hope Street and 7th Street. The parking entrance is located off of Hope Street, where there is another service entrance as well.[3]


Layout and Features

With floor plans ranging from less than 600 square foot studio condominiums to over 1,000 square foot two bedroom residences, 655 South Hope Street offers a suitable home for both singles and couples, as well as young families. There are also some duplex-style loft residences with sleeping quarters upstairs and living areas and kitchens downstairs.

Logo of 655 South Hope Street
Each residence offers floor-to-ceiling windows and over sized ceilings of 9 to 11 feet, allowing for a feeling of expansive openness which also makes the most of natural light and the surrounding views.

Residences also feature quality finishes such as eight foot solid core doors, double wall insulation, hardwood flooring, stone counters and stainless steel appliances in the elegant kitchens. Kitchens are fully-equipped with a burner cook top, microwave, dishwasher, double-door refrigerator, and in-unit washer and dryer.

As put in the marketing of the residences at 655 South Hope Street, artwork is not necessary in the interiors because the large windows offer "stunning views of a glittering cityscape, a living masterpiece of decor." The large windows were created from reflective glass, which brings added privacy for the residents.

Large bedrooms offer generous walk-in closets. Bathrooms feature high-quality, modern bowl sinks and glass showers. This smart building offers residences that are DSL, cable, and fiber optic ready with fully climate-controlled interiors.[4]

Floor Plans

There are many floor plans available for 655 South Hope Street. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities

Amenities offered at 655 South Hope Street include:

  • Doorman
  • Valet Parking
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Center
  • Rooftop Entertainment Deck
  • Indoor Parking

Bylaws

655 South Hope Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • The building is pet-friendly
  • Rentals are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions

Sustainability

Double-pane, floor-to-ceiling windows offers maximum amounts of natural light while avoiding losing the temperatures maintained by the climate-controlled and sound-proofed surroundings. The double-insulation doesn't hurt in creating an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle, either. The reflective glass ensures the highest amounts of privacy to the residents while still achieving the open benefits.

Interiors also offer high-end finishes that achieve sustainability. Energy star appliances and low-energy light sources are affixed throughout. Sustainable materials such as polished granite counter tops, solid core entry doors, wood cabinetry, and hardwood floors are also utilized in each floor plan.

The building itself has undergone many transformations to meet the needs of the changing times, and continues to stand as a well-maintained, durable building. The structure does not offer any high-energy amenities, but opts for lower energy add-ons that ensure a community is created within the building. Set so nearby bus stations and the metro center station, residents of 655 South Hope Street have a "hope" for living an eco-friendly commuter lifestyle in this vehicle-driven city.[5]


Trivia

Los Angeles Central Library

Constructed in 1926 under the designs of architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, the historic, esteemed, and landmark building of Central Library stands as a monument to the culture and background of Los Angeles.

As the third largest public library in all of the United States, when it comes to books and periodical holdings, Central Library is a well-known public library. The building has a new wing which was completed in 1993 and was named in honor of the former mayor, Tom Bradley. In 2001 the building including the new wing was renamed for former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, as the Richard Riordan Central Library.

With influences of ancient Egyptian and Mediterranean Revival architecture, the building offers an attractive design that is topped with a tiled mosaic pyramid, suns and a hand holding a torch decorating it. The hand holding the torch represents the "Light of Learning" at the apex. Other elements featured in the structure's architectural design include sphinxes, snakes, and celestial mosaics.

Various figures, statues, chandeliers, and grilles decorate the interior of the library. One of the notable features in the interior is a four-part mural by Dean Cornwell, which depicts the stages of the history of California. The mural was completed in 1933, and the building as a whole has been added to the nation register of historic places.[6]

References

  1. Emporis
  2. Walk Score
  3. Skyscraper Page
  4. 655 Hope
  5. DLX Co
  6. Wikipedia


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