A PROPOSAL for a 211-room, 25-residential unit development includes three buildings of five, eight and 15 stories near Ocean and Colorado avenues in Santa Monica.

A PROPOSAL for a 211-room, 25-residential unit development includes three buildings of five, eight and 15 stories near Ocean and Colorado avenues in Santa Monica.

A Venice architecture firm has unveiled preliminary designs for a 211-room hotel and 25-residential unit development at one of Santa Monica’s prime locations, across from the city’s iconic pier.
The design by the Jerde Partnership calls for three buildings reaching heights of 63 feet, 96 to 107 feet and 174 to 195 feet at the site of the Wyndham Hotel, (formerly Holiday Inn) near Ocean and Colorado avenues.
Representing owner FelCor Lodging Trust, Jerde officials say the firm’s design aims to enhance the seaside community by providing a modern and more sustainable attraction that reflects the world-class charm of Santa Monica.
Jerde design director David Rogers is the lead principal on the project and also served as lead designer for the award-winning redevelopment of the nearby Santa Monica Place shopping center.
The three buildings proposed at the site will rise eastward from five to eight to 15 floors furthest east. Each building is topped with panoramic viewing decks, including a bar and lounge atop the middle building, and every room will offer views of the expansive coastline, a Jerde spokesperson said.
“With the Jerde office just a few minutes away, designing in Santa Monica is always extra special to us,” said Rogers.
“We spent many years working on Santa Monica Place in order to deliver a place that the community could really enjoy. Similarly, this is an extraordinary opportunity to attract people, visitors and locals alike, to experience the beauty and excitement of this great location.”
According to Jerde, the project’s three-building design is intended to break down the vertical impact of the new urban block, minimizing shadow and view impacts to the surrounding neighborhoods. The configuration makes the best use of the site’s unique location, shape and size, the Jerde spokesperson said.
The new hotel plans come as property owners have announced proposals for a 125-room hotel designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry that would reach a height of 244 feet at Santa Monica Boulevard and Ocean, as well as a 21-story tower reaching a height of 261 feet at the Fairmont Miramar hotel site at Ocean and Wilshire Boulevard.
The City Council was scheduled to address a motion June 11 to consider only those development agreement applications where the proposed heights are within the current downtown limit of 84 feet pending the adoption of the new Downtown Specific Plan.

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