The 180-room AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay has opened. The new-build property, part of AC Hotels by Marriott, is located in South Bay, a business and entertainment destination near the coast and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). It was developed and is managed by El Segundo-based Welcome Group.
Gene Fong, principal architect at AXIS/GFA Architecture + Design, was involved in the design of the property. The local aerospace and tech industries inspired the hotel’s design.
Design-wise, the six-story hotel has a blend of angular and curved surfaces inspired by aeronautical shapes and aerofoils, with the building’s forms, lines and profiles reflecting the visual imagery of flight and avionics. Intermixed with these forms is the introduction of the high-tech industry through the utilization of the window/glass grid that envelops the office building; this static grid contradicts yet complements the moving angled flight-themed lines.
Special materials used include silver metal panels that mimic the silver color of an airplane’s wings and suggest motion, yet have a backdrop of stucco, which add depth in color.
For dining, the property has AC Kitchen, and the indoor/outdoor AC Lounge. The hotel also has the AC Library and a 24/7 business center, as well as more than 7,200 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space. AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay can accommodate a variety of groups and events of up to 200 people.
The lounge serves as a prelude to the opening of Flora, the hotel’s rooftop garden oasis. Planted in the middle of a business district, Flora will bring an alfresco dining experience in the area. It will provide a social setting with views.
Ahmed Elassy is the GM of AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay.
Photo credit: AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay