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Columbia Square
Hollywood, CA

Team

Bob Hale
Greg Kochanowski
Tony Paradowski
Michael Sweeney
John Fishback
Clay Taylor
Chris Torres
Suzan Elwyn

Categories

Architecture
Commercial
Graphics
In Progress
Landscape
Residential
This mixed-use redevelopment covers an entire city block in the center of Hollywood, a 668,000-square-foot location that has housed radio, television, music, and movie production for over a century. In addition to adaptive re-use of historic studios, the project includes construction of three office buildings, a 200-unit residential tower, an underground garage, and a network of public open spaces.

Originally designed by modernist pioneer William Lescaze, Columbia Square opened in 1938 as CBS’s west coast headquarters. Over the decades, entertainers from Jack Benny to Lucille Ball to Janis Joplin performed in its various studios. The City of Los Angeles designated Columbia Square a Historic-Cultural Monument in March, 2009, requiring any renovations to follow guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Nods to Lescaze’s original design are everywhere in the renovated complex. The completely restored Sunset Plaza is once again the campus’s “front door” on Sunset Boulevard. Building heights along this main entrance remain at a pedestrian scale, inviting the community into the central courtyard. Taller buildings are stepped back at the other end of the site, where they disappear into towers massed near the Hollywood and Vine Metro Station.

Wide sidewalks form a pedestrian-friendly perimeter, with ample space for outdoor cafes; mid-block pathways open the complex to the public and the sun. A pocket park in the northeast corner is a quiet destination all its own. As Columbia Square’s design architect, Rios Clementi Hale works closely with executive architect House and Robertson on all elements of the project.
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