Los Angeles—TCA Architects, one of California’s fastest-growing architecture firms, is transforming the Downtown L.A. South Park neighborhood with its designs to turn three former parking lots into residential communities. The firm designed three apartment buildings, Hanover South Park (which opened in October 2014), Hanover Grand (currently open and leasing) and Hanover Olympic (opening Spring 2016), on behalf of developer The Hanover Co., with the hopes of connecting South Park to the Historic Core to the northeast.
Winston Chang, principal with TCA, said that is rare for a firm to have the opportunity to help shape a new community. “At TCA, we’ve taken that responsibility to heart, going to great lengths to create a distinctive identity for each property while unifying the neighborhood through the introduction of quality open spaces, resort-style amenities and neighborhood serving retail, as these elements work together to enhance the urban lifestyle and pedestrian experience of South Park,” he said.
The aforementioned retail, planned for the three communities, will total 42,000 square feet.
The original community, Hanover South Park, already includes 281 units in studio, one- and two-bedroom floorplans, 5,5,64 square feet of live/work lofts and 16,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The seven-story building features warm stone surfaces and flashes of metallic paneling with steel-framed glass balconies and 10-foot-high ceilings. A courtyard on the west side includes a small pool with lounge seating, a fitness center and a clubroom. It’s also located near the Staples Center, Ace Hotel, as well as the retail and nightlife on Broadway.
Nearby, Hanover Grand offers a public courtyard and paseo to the neighborhood, 272 luxury apartments and sustainable features such as Resysta rain screens, reclaimed brick and recycled aluminum panels. Its high-end amenities include a second-floor sundeck and pool, and units with private balconies. The Metro system, Whole Foods and Ralphs Supermarket are also within walking distance.
Smack dab in the middle of these two communities is Hanover Olympic. Scheduled for completion in spring 2016, the community will feature 263 residences and more than 14,000 square feet of retail. The design also “features an aesthetic with a staccato rhythm in deference to the great jazz history within the adjacent Historic Core,” Chang added.
This is The Hanover Co.’s second foray into the South Park neighborhood, its first project being 717 Olympic, which opened in 2008.
But Hanover isn’t the only company betting on South Park. On Olympic Boulevard and Olive Street, developer Lennar Multifamily is working on a 201-unit mixed-use community, appropriately named Olympic & Olive, which is scheduled to open in September 2016.
Renderings courtesy of TCA Architects