The 8850 Sunset Project will activate the heart of the Sunset Strip with a remarkable mixed-use vision that includes affordable housing, private residences, conference/meeting spaces, and a luxury hotel, supported by public green spaces, pedestrian-oriented outdoor dining, and a re-envisioned Viper Room.
The Viper Room is an iconic nightclub and is a part of the continuing evolution of live music on the Sunset Strip. The 8850 Project presents an exceptional opportunity to re-envision the venue. Building on the venue's original themes, while adding a recording studio and updating the live music experience for the 21st century, the Viper Room lives on - continuing to showcase world class talent in an intimate space.
The 8850 Project is a mixed-use urban destination designed by Morphosis Architects. The building's bridged form responds to the eclecticism of Sunset Boulevard, while prioritizing light, views, and open space connections. At the street level, a two-story podium with cafés, public spaces and retail echoes the scale and granularity of traditional storefronts along Sunset Blvd. The residences and hotel volumes are separated by a 100+ ft wide gap, avoiding a conventional large, flat building facade on Sunset to instead capture north/south views and sunlight through the property. Between the two volumes, a rooftop garden and terrace brings a new outdoor dining and social space to the Sunset Strip. At the peak of the building, a skybridge connects the two volumes and incorporates an upscale restaurant and bar with views to downtown and the ocean.
Morphosis is a Los Angeles based architecture and design firm, creating compelling work that is intelligent, pragmatic, and powerful. For more than 40 years, Morphosis has practiced at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, and sustainable design, working across a broad range of project types and scales, including civic, academic, cultural, commercial, residential, and mixed-use; urban master plans; and original publications, objects, and art.
Morphosis has received 29 Progressive Architecture awards, over 120 American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards, and numerous other honors. With Morphosis, Thom Mayne has been the recipient of the highest recognition in architecture, including the Pritzker Prize (2005) and the AIA Gold Medal (2013).
"Architecture is a way of seeing, thinking and questioning our world and our place in it:
It requires a natural inquisitiveness, an openness in our observations, and a will to act in affirmation...
I'm chasing an architecture that engages and demands inquiry. Architecture is not passive, not decorative.
It is essential...it affects us directly and profoundly... it has the potential to impact behavior and the quality of everyday life."
— Thom Mayne, Morphosis