Lofts @ Cherokee Studios / Pugh + Scarpa

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Architects: Pugh + Scarpa
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Client: REthink Development Corp.
MEP Engineers: Cobalt Engineering
Structural Engineers: BPA Group
Builders: JT Builders
Landscape: FormLA Landscape
Project Area: 1,905 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tara Wujcik

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Cherokee Lofts will be the most advanced and distinctive building of its kind in Los Angeles. It will be the first “green” LEED (Leadership in Energy and En- vironmental Design) Gold Certified building in Hollywood per the U.S. Green Building Council certification system and it will be the first LEED Gold Certi- fied mixed-use or market-rate multifamily building in Southern . The development will pay homage to the significant musical and Hollywood history of Cherokee Recording Studios, MGM Studios before it, and all the artists who recorded music on the site from Frank Sinatra to David Bowie to Dave Mathews. Its unique architectural form and integrated function create a high performing building that is an expression of the environmental and cultural context in which it is built. Simply put, Cherokee Lofts will represent the preeminent realization of green design, form, and function in the epicenter of the entertainment capital of the world. It is the 2007 Westside Urban Forum Westside Prize Winner.

site plan
site plan
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The lofts will range in size from 1,000 square feet to 2,000 square feet, with unique and distinctive floor plans. Seven of the lofts will be two-story town homes perched 30 to 50 feet above street level. The living space, consisting of a state-of- the-art kitchen, great room, bathroom, and home recording studio or office will be on the 4th floor, 38 feet above street level, so as to maximize city skyline views, daylight, and energy efficiency. 3 of the lofts will have 17 foot high ceilings with mezzanines and open to a lushly landscaped courtyard. Finally two loft flats will have 10 foot high ceilings also open- ing to the landscaped courtyard. All lofts will have 2 to 3 bathrooms and 1 to 4 bedrooms. Interiors including kitchens, baths, and finishes will all be ‘eco-luxury,’ with high-end ap- pointments that have simple and modern lines while being environmentally friendly.

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Cite: "Lofts @ Cherokee Studios / Pugh + Scarpa" 25 Nov 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • gorgos

    Nice building, but…whoever chose the furniture needs to go to jail!

  • Matt

    I agree with gorgos!! We’re not even close to acceptable.

  • George

    Yes! That furniture is enough to make me wish that Russia won the cold war! The poor architects must be mortified!

  • blackstone

    umm… what’s the point of the over-sized (ADA compliant)half baths in units that rely on an internal stair? dumb.

    • Richard R

      You missed the point and rushed to judge. The concept is something called visitablity. Read about it here:

    • sullka


      By code (not everywhere though) you have to provide a “visitable” (meaning accessible) bathroom in the first level, notice the bathrooms in teh second unit’s second floor isn’t accessible.

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