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SunCal unveils plans mixed-used development in Arts District

This artist's rendering depicts SunCal's proposed 6AM mixed-use development in the Arts District. (Herzog & de Meuron)

September 28, 2016

LA. BIZ

Developer SunCal is working with architectural firm of Herzog & de Meuron on a mixed-use development in the heart of the downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District that will include the neighborhood’s first skyscrapers.

The complex at 6th and Alameda Street, called “6AM,” will feature residences, creative offices, hotel and retail space, and public gathering spaces on a 14.5-acre site.

SunCal, a real estate developer started in the 1930s, said 6AM will remain true to the preferences of the local community, which include high-quality design, durable materials and a place where “art can flourish in the Arts District.”

The 6AM site is the single largest parcel in the Arts District, and this development will bring significant benefits to the community, such as a school and art opportunity space, that residents and visitors alike can enjoy,” the company said.

Developers envision public and private outdoor space, art creation space and exhibition space, school, fitness centers, outdoor pools and spas, a grocer and food hall, and abundant parking. Recommendations that were raised in public planning workshops include include improved pedestrian infrastructure, more green space, exhibition venues, alternative energy sources, a river walk and public art.

SunCal said based on the heritage and characteristics, or typologies, that define the Arts District, Herzog & de Meuron have come up with the architectural concept of the “Fabric,” “Table,” “Fingers” and “Skyline” for 6AM.

The entire property is defined by a horizontal “Table” at an elevation of 40 feet, respecting the height of surrounding buildings, with two or three levels of retail and other uses underneath within the “Fabric” in a series of individual buildings. Above the “Table” are a series of “Fingers,” which are buildings housing apartments and creative office space that blend with surrounding structures. The “Skyline” is comprised of two 58-story residential towers that respond to the shapes and scale of the Downtown skyline. These towers also mark the intersection of 6th and Alameda streets as a prominent place within the district.