The Wanda Group launched One Beverly Hills, a luxury hotel and residential project located at the western gateway of Beverly Hills. The development of the former Robinsons-May property located at 9900 Wilshire Boulevard was improved to include a 134-room luxury boutique hotel, 193 residences, and new public gardens and open space.
Designed by Richard Meier & Partners with developer The Athens Group, the recently revised plan has reduced the number of residences to make space for the hotel, while not changing the height or density of the development. The open space and green space was designed by OLIN landscape architecture; and there will be approximately three-quarters of an acre of public gardens. The entire project will be certified LEED Silver.
Wanda eyes to have building entitlements in place by the end of 2016, and anticipates the construction will take around 30 months. Details of the spa, including the size, are still being determined.
Founded in 1988, the Wanda Group owns 71 luxury hotels, mostly in China, with plans to open a Chicago hotel around the same time as One Beverly Hills. The company also owns AMC Movie Theaters, as well as various operations in commercial property, theme parks, entertainment and tourism, department stores and e-commerce. In 2014, its annual income reached $38.8 billion. Wanda plans to open 80 luxury hotels by end-2015, surpassing more than 32 million square feet in operating area.
Founded in 1987 by Kim Richards, The Athens Group developed seven luxury hotels and residences, including the Montage Laguna Beach, the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, located south of San Francisco, and the Four Seasons Hualalai in Kona, Hawaii. The One Beverly Hills team is being led by Athens' partner and COO Jay Newman.
Richard Meier & Partners Architects has offices in Los Angeles and New York. The firm is known for The Getty Center in Los Angeles, federal courthouses in New York, Phoenix and San Diego, the Jubilee Church in Rome, and the Charles and Perry Street Residential Towers in New York City. The company is led by Richard Meier and six partners – Michael Palladino and James R. Crawford in Los Angeles, and Bernhard Karpf, Vivian Lee, Reynolds Logan and Dukho Yeon in New York.