Friday, August 6, 2010
ARCHITECTURE-ARQUITECTURA TODAY:Frank Gehry's Santa Monica Place Mall Deconstructed in a Green Renovation
SANTA MONICA, CA.- Santa Monica Place, a 1980 design by the renowned architect Frank Gehry, has been radically repositioned with a green renovation that opens Friday, August 6, announced Dallas, Texas-based architecture firm Omniplan. Executive architect Omniplan revamped the mall in association with Jerde Partnership; the formerly enclosed structure is now an open-air retail building that is integrated into the surrounding urban environment.
The 500,000-square-foot, three-story shopping and dining destination features upscale retail more suited to the neighborhood than the previous tenant mix, as well as new amenities such as a third-floor Dining Deck with views of the Pacific Ocean. Removing the roof and adding environmentally friendly features has also allowed developer Macerich, which acquired the property in 1999, to target LEED Silver certification.
"Our goal with Santa Monica Place was to connect it to its surroundings," said Tipton Housewright, FAIA, LEED AP, Omniplan Principal. "The new structure is open to the neighborhood on all sides and the public areas remain accessible 24-7. We're thrilled to be part of creating this exciting new retail destination in Santa Monica."
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