The Santa Fe LA

Scope of Work Conversion
Location Los Angeles, CA
Completion Unbuilt

Architects’ Statement

– The Revitalized Warehouse: The Santa Fe LA

Located at the southern end of the Arts District, the revitalization of old warehouse will further extend the ongoing urban transformation of Downtown Los Angeles. This project focuses on how we can animate the old warehouse to revitalize the surrounding neighborhood to make new destination of creative and unique experience of dining, shopping, entertainment and live/work.

For the exterior façade design, we looked into the surrounding buildings and urban characteristics while considering functionality of diverse programs. First we made bold outlook of façade at Olympic Blvd and Santa Fe Ave since this is the most visible sides. This corner façade is reborn as incoherent old building facades are covered by unique skin.

Second, where the building meets alley in the western side, we made pedestrian friendly design to use the comfortable arched opening, warm brick finish and live green wall on the exterior. Third, live/ work program is located at the Porter street for the private location. The live/work building has continuity of the whole building exterior design but slight difference of material and texture then commercial program. The highlight of The Santa Fe LA resides in the interior: the food hall and the courtyard. The spacious food hall catches natural light that shines from the skylight on the ceiling. People can enjoy natural daylight and breezy outdoor at the courtyard which is unexpected scene from the outside.