Local Ecology Inspires Design ‘Inventiveness’ for New Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles

ASAP’s Highly Anticipated Spring Street Hotel Awarded for Design Excellence by Westside Urban Forum  


ASAP/Adam Sokol Architecture Practice’s design for the upcoming Spring Street Hotel, located in downtown Los Angeles, references the ecology of Southern California. Renderings: ASAP/Adam Sokol Architecture Practice. Click here for high-resolution images.

LOS ANGELES: ASAP/Adam Sokol Architecture Practice’s design for the Spring Street Hotel—an up-and-coming $75-million, 170,000-square-foot high-rise hotel in downtown Los Angeles—has been recognized by the Westside Urban Forum (WUF), the city’s premier land-use organization.  The hotel’s innovative design references the ecology of Southern California, taking inspiration from a generation of land art in the Southwestern United States.  WUF’s 2019 Design Awards recognized the Spring Street Hotel with a Merit Award in the Hotels category.  Construction on the building is scheduled for spring 2020, and is anticipated for completion in 2022.

“So much design today in downtown LA feels the same, and the inventiveness of this project is appreciated,” commented WUF’s Design Awards jury, which recognizes urban designs that demonstrate excellence in city making and community building.  “It’s a piece of geology growing out of the ground that on the inside creates myriad environments.”

Situated in the Historic Core of downtown Los Angeles, the 28-floor Spring Street Hotel capitalizes on the neighborhood’s accelerating growth and development as a commercial and tourist destination.  The design builds on this distinctive location’s cultural context to create a landmark hospitality experience with 170 guest rooms, including approximately 20 suites.  Public spaces include a restaurant and bar, conference facilities, screening room, and fitness club, as well as a multi-level rooftop bar and pool.

The building’s lower façade appears as a geometric grid to match the height and scale of the neighboring historic buildings, while the upper section changes in form and texture as it rises 342 feet high.  The upper floors feature irregular-shaped window openings, along with a tower that sharply culminates into a pointed crown, to present an iconic presence in the landscape and skyline of Los Angeles. 

“What’s wonderful about this hotel is the sense of surprise,” noted the jury.  “It creates a journey of curiosity for people who will be visiting Los Angeles from other places.”

ASAP/Adam Sokol Architecture Practice designed the architecture and interiors of the Spring Street Hotel.  Additional project team members included Lizard Capital (owner), HED/Harley Ellis Devereaux (executive architect), Psomas (civil engineering), Nabih Youssef Associates Structural Engineers (structural engineer), AMA Consulting Engineers (mechanical engineering), Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design (lighting design), and Newson Brown Acoustics (acoustics).

ASAP/Adam Sokol Architecture Practice seeks to advance design by deploying the timeless forms and techniques of architecture in a distinctly contemporary manner.  As an award-winning firm, ASAP approaches each project as an opportunity to create spaces of empathy, humanity, and beauty.  Founded in 2011 by Adam Sokol, AIA, the firm provides a wealth of expertise in a range of typologies, including single- and multi-family residential, historic reuse, hospitality, and cultural projects, and frequently collaborates with some of the world’s top engineers.  ASAP is based in Los Angeles, CA, with a second office in Buffalo, NY.  Sokol holds a Bachelor of Arts in the History of Architecture from Columbia University, and a Master of Architecture from Yale University.