With two construction cranes now perched high above La Cienega Boulevard, the long-awaited makeover of the Beverly Center is officially underway.

The $500-million renovation - announced earlier this year by owner Taubman Centers, Inc. - reenvisions the fortress-like shopping center with a more welcoming appearance and enhanced pedestrian access.

Specific improvements, as designed by architecture firm Studio Fuksas, include the following:

  • Adding a continuous ribbon of new skylights that will bathe the entire center’s elegant and contoured floor openings and curves in natural light.
  • A shimmering new exterior that incorporates a perforated steel fa├žade and will beautifully capture light during all parts of the day.
  • A fresh new streetscape that combines modern architecture and drought-resistant greenery for a pleasant walking experience.
  • A row of street-level restaurants that open the center to the vibrancy of West Third Street and embrace a pedestrian-oriented environment.
  • An additional valet off West Third Street to provide quick access to the street-level restaurants and retail.
  • A state-of-the-art smart parking system to dramatically improve the center’s arrival and departure experience.
  • An eighth level multi-concept gourmet food hall - THE STREET - by Chef Michael Mina.
  • Spectacular panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills and downtown Los Angeles from THE STREET, as well as from the center’s sixth floor.
  • The continual evolution of the merchandise mix combining luxury, contemporary and fast fashion retailers for an unparalleled shopping experience.
  • A flexible Center Court featuring an impressive 20’ w x 35’ h LED screen, plenty of places to sit, relax and plug in, and the ability to host events, exhibitions and installations.

Construction is expected to be completed by late 2018.