Frank Gehry is designing a new creative office building in Playa Vista, next-door to the former warehouse which that famed architect has converted into his firm's headquarters.

The New Beatrice West project, which first emerged one year ago, is highlighted by a proposed eight-story, 135-foot tall building at 12575 W. Beatice Street featuring approximately 195,000 square feet of creative offices above a ground-floor restaurant.  The more than two-acre site would also be improved with over 90,000 square feet of landscape and hardscape elements at ground level and on building terraces, as well as parking for 845 vehicles in a podium and underground levels.

New Beatrice West is the latest collaboration between Gehry and Beverly Hills-based real estate firm NSB Associates, following the more modest Ascend development in El Segundo.  Similar to recent Gehry designs for the Grand Avenue Project and 8150 Sunset, the project is portrayed as as a collection of boxy masses that gradually step back from the street, creating a series of terrace levels capped with lush greenery.

The project would require the demolition of an existing one-story building that now houses the Playa Vista location of the co-working firm CTRL Collective.  Work is expected to occur over approximately 22 months, with completion anticipated in mid-2019.

NSB is one of a handful of developers looking to add office space to Playa Vista including Rockwood Capital and Robert Maguire.

Image by Gehry Partners LLP
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