The 8850 Project: For a dynamic, pedestrian-oriented and sustainable Sunset Strip

8850 Sunset Blvd Development - West Hollywood, CA

Overview


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.

Project Specifications


  • Re-envisioned, larger Viper Room with recording studio
  • 10 affordable-housing units
  • 31 market rate units
  • Residences designed for indoor-outdoor living with wrap-around, landscaped balconies
  • Public green space
  • 269 parking spaces
  • Indoor/outdoor restaurant on Sunset Boulevard
  • Upscale restaurant suspended above Sunset Boulevard on the top floor of the building
  • 115-key, 5-star luxury hotel
  • Meeting rooms/conference spaces
  • Ballroom for 350 guests or more
  • Café on the corner of Sunset and Larrabee
  • State-of-the-art spa & gym
  • Rooftop pools for both the hotel and condominiums

Sustainable design for a forward-thinking community

Sustainability


Environmental

  • Sustainable building design guided by the WeHo Green Building Program Standards
  • Achieve LEED Gold Standards
  • Residences covered in drought-tolerant plantings, creating a cooling microclimate while beautifying the neighborhood
  • Design and construction targeting low-carbon footprint

Community Benefits

  • An urban destination and meeting place for community members, local businesses and visitors
  • Attractive, pedestrian-oriented street frontages and public spaces that activate a currently underutilized sidewalk
  • Features 10 affordable-housing units
  • Re-envisioning of the legendary Viper Room to continue the legacy of innovative live music venues on the Sunset Strip
  • Generates new local jobs and revenue for critical city services
8850 Sunset Blvd Development - West Hollywood, CA

The 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.

Design


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.

8850 Sunset Blvd Condo Development

Who is Morphosis?


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

Designed by Morphosis - 8850 Sunset Blvd.

Status Updates


Community Updates

  • Project Application submitted December 2018
  • EIR Consultant is preparing a Notice of Preparation
  • EIR Scoping Meetings will be held Fall 2019

Press Updates

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