R.D. OLSON

The Hotel Wilshire

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Project:

The Hotel Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA

Architect:

Killefer Flammang Architects

Client:

OSM Investment Company

Designer:

KNA Design

About the project:

Located in the heart of LA’s Miracle Mile district, this ultra-modern 74-room boutique hotel is housed in a former 1950s medical office building. The hotel’s transformation required taking the 6-story structure down to the original steel frame in order to retrofit the building to current earthquake standards. Concrete shear walls up to 24” thick were added within the interior of the existing structure from the basement to the roof. Construction of the new guest rooms was integrated with the building’s original footprint, and a new rooftop deck was added to create a 7th floor.

Kimpton’s eco-chic, LEED Silver hotel incorporates sustainable resources and green building materials. Interiors reflect modern surfaces, rich textures and a palette of neutral tones with a splash of bold color throughout the property. The building’s striking exterior evokes a geometric patterning of metal and glass, illuminating the hotel’s iconic canopy and a façade that features aluminum fins reminiscent of bi-plane wings.

The hotel’s 41,900 square foot floor plan includes a reception area that opens to the second floor guest lounge, where a linear chandelier projects through both levels.  Sleek guest rooms offer a wide range of floor plans on the 2nd through 6th floors, while the newly added 7th floor features an elevated rooftop deck with a private penthouse suite, signature full service restaurant, pool and cabanas.

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