New Renderings Show Gehry's Ocean Avenue Tower Shortened to 12 Stories

New renderings have been revealed showing an updated design for Frank Gehry’s ‘Ocean Avenue Project’ in Santa Monica, California.

Originally conceived as as 22-story hotel and residential tower, the project has now been shortened to 12 stories (130 feet) to meet restrictions imposed by the city’s Downtown Community Plan, which calls for “aggressively slow growth” and a “lower scale downtown” of mainly 4-5 story tall buildings.

© Gehry Partners. Via City of Santa Monica

Instead, the new renderings show what appears to be a second, shorter tower located on the opposite side of the site. The original tower will now contain the hotel, while 79 apartments will be located across the site. In between the two high rises, the project will contain a podium of retail space and a museum, which will incorporate two existing buildings as a bookstore and cafe. 

The new design (left) versus the old design (right). Image © Gehry Partners

The new downtown plan mandates building rise no higher than 84, but will allow certain structures to reach 130 feet provided they reach a developer agreement that provides community benefits such as money for parks and transportation systems.

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Cite: Patrick Lynch. "New Renderings Show Gehry's Ocean Avenue Tower Shortened to 12 Stories" 05 Jan 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

© Gehry Partners. Via City of Santa Monica


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