Pei Cobb Freed, Yabu Pushelberg collaborate for $2.5B Century Plaza project

In Los Angeles, the Century Plaza Hotel development project, which includes two 46-story luxury residential towers, restaurants, retail shops and a newly designed 400-room five-star hotel, will get under way this March. The $2.5-billion project is expected to be completed in early 2018.

Located at the intersection of Avenue of the Stars and Constellation Boulevard, the 1.5-million-square-foot hotel and mixed use development will be the centerpiece of a redevelopment occurring in Century City including the $800-million expansion of the Westfield Century City Mall and over 10 million square feet of offices, residences, restaurants, retail and entertainment venues.

The hotel, which has a crescent shape, and was originally designed by Minoru Yamasaki, will be restored with 394 guestrooms and suites, and 63 residences. The open-air lobby will be transformed by design firm Yabu Pushelberg connecting public plazas and fountains to a central two-acre garden surrounded by restaurants and retail. In total, there will be 100,000 square feet of retail on the site. The two 46-story towers designed by Pei Cobb Freed will have 290 residences.

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Hyatt will no longer manage the hotel after it closes in March, but an agreement with Unite Here Local 11 provides Local 11 members with an opportunity to return to the hotel upon its reopening.

The project consultants include Pei Cobb Freed Partners, Gensler, Harley Ellis Devereaux, Marmol Radziner and Rios Clementi Hale Studios.

The Century Plaza was first opened in 1966, rising from the back lot of 20th Century Fox Studios.