Luma Lofts

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1100 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA

Luma Lofts
Luma-LA-Exterior.JPG

An exterior shot of Luma Lofts in Los Angeles
Building Information
Developer South Group
Architect Ankrom Moisan
Management Company Action Property Management
Number of Units 236
Number of Floors 19
Year Built 2007
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1100 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA
Distance to Public Transit Bus stops nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning [Q]R5-4D-O
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Luma's main entrance


The myriad of lofts in Los Angeles come in two types. One type involves the adaptive re-use of a preexisting building, usually one with some sort of historic significance. The other, more common approach, is to simply sketch up plans and use them to build a brand new structure. Oftentimes, these residences are fairly generic, with nothing really differentiating one from the next. Sometimes, however, there are structures that try hard to deviate from the norm, and stand out among the crowd; Luma Lofts is one such building, with a bold, striking design, and an unusually green approach to its construction.

Built in 2007, Luma Lofts is a 19 floor structure with 236 units available for both sale and rent.[1] Located in the South Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, where many of the city's luxury residences are located, Luma Lofts finds itself close to some of the finest shopping, restaurants, and attractions that the City of Angels has to offer. In addition, there are a generous selection of amenities available for the residents' use, ensuring that a hard workout or a relaxing swim are never too far away from home.

Luma is also one of the few buildings in the area to be LEED certified by the United States Green Building Council, meaning that it uses sustainable materials, efficient construction methods, and features an environmentally friendly approach in general.


Location

The Walt Disney Concert Hall

Luma Lofts is located in the South Park area of Downtown Los Angeles, a neighborhood known for being one of the city's trendiest. Some of the city's finest attractions are located close to Luma Lofts' front doors; one such example is the famed Staples Center, which holds concerts from some of the hottest acts in the world as well as games from multiple professional sports franchises, such as the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL.

Another sight to see would be the Walt Disney Concert Hall, part of the Los Angeles Music Center and home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, two of the most prestigious and talented musical organizations in the city.[2]

The residents of Luma Lofts need not own cars if they do not want to; there are many shops and services located near the building. One could conceivably run all of their daily errands on foot without a problem, and if the need to leave the neighborhood arises, that is no problem either; there are 44 bus stops near Luma Lofts, as well as two rail stops, ensuring that traveling around Los Angeles without a car is a painless task.

Biking around the area is also a valid option, as the terrain is fairly flat and even. There are not that many bike lanes, however, so one would be well served to exercise caution while biking.[3]

Construction

A striking, distinctive building, there is no doubt that Luma Lofts had a lot of efforts put into its design. A traditionally constructed condominium at its base, the exterior of the building is defined by the combination of lines and angles to create a bold appearance, something that was only enhanced by the decision to wrap the outside in glass. Not only does this give the residents excellent views, but it also makes the building quite literally shine in good weather, something that elevates it even more above the typical residence. When one takes into account that the quality of the interior matches the exterior and both were built using environmentally friendly methods and materials, it becomes clear that Luma Lofts' construction is arguably one of its many amenities.[4]

Layout and Features

A snapshot of a bathroom

Luma Lofts offers units in two configurations, one bedroom and two bedroom, with the number of bathrooms usually matching the number of bedrooms. The residences are about average in terms of space, with one bedroom examples starting at 800 square feet and two bedroom examples starting at 1000 square feet.

The residences are equipped with quite the generous list of features, such as stainless steel appliances, Ice Stone counter tops, maple hardwood floors, large windows, and ceilings that go up to 11 feet. Other features include balconies and walk-in closets.

Floor Plans

Luma Lofts does not currently offer floor plans for public viewing. However, there is video footage which shows off the building more than adequately, and gives the prospective resident a glimpse of what it might be like to live there someday.

[5] - View video from "References Section" at the bottom of this page.

Amenities

Some of the amenities that Luma Lofts offers include:

  • Swimming pool
  • Outdoor lounge
  • Communal barbecue area
  • Secured parking
  • Pre-wired for cable/internet access



Bylaws

Luma Lofts Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Rentals are permitted
  • Luma Lofts is pet-friendly
  • There is no age restriction on residents
  • A shared barbecue area is available


Sustainability

Luma's LEED scorecard

One of Luma's biggest points of appeal is its dedication towards green living. A Gold certified LEED structure, the building had considerable attention paid to it to ensure that it would be eco-friendly. To be LEED certified, a building must satisfy certain environmental criteria - Luma's Gold certification meant that the building took into account sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, material & resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation, and scored in a range of 39-51 points. For further clarification, the highest score is Platinum, for 52-69, and the preceding two levels are Certified and Silver, which clock in at 26-32 and 33-38 points respectively.

Luma, as one can tell from the scorecard, did quite well; it's perfect score in Innovation is worth noting, and its efforts toward energy optimization and the usage of green power are a big reason as to why it scored a 9/17 in Energy & Atmosphere. Even its omissions are not especially glaring, as Luma's loss in points came from areas like addressing alternative modes of transportation and not reusing existing material (and in fact the latter would have been impossible, given that Luma was not built from an existing building).[6]

For further examples of Luma's green pedigree, the materials used are both recycled and regional, the measures taken to enhance water efficiency garnered in multiple points in that section, and 75% of the waste from construction was unsuccessfully diverted from the landfill.

Residents can further the sustainability even more, by taking pro-active measures like recycling and reducing unnecessary water use.

Trivia

  • Part of a neighborhood with other lofts with a similar design ethos, like Evo
  • Luma is only the second green building in the area, behind its predecessor Elleven
  • It has a shared plaza with the aforementioned Elleven, meaning shared amenities to a limited extent
  • Other works by Ankrom Moisan include the headquarters of Jones Soda and the Oregon Zoo restaurant[7]


References

  1. Top LA Condos - Luma Lofts
  2. Wikipedia - Walt Disney Concert Hall
  3. Walk Score
  4. Official site
  5. Youtube - Luma Lofts
  6. USGBC - Luma Lofts
  7. Ankrom Moisan - Places


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