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Hollywood & Vine Station Plaza
Los Angeles, CA


Frank Clementi
Mark Rios
Samantha Harris
Tony Paradowski
Jon Black
Claudia Morello
Therese Kelly
Tanya Patsaouras


Set just east of the fabled intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the Hollywood/Vine Metro portal and public plaza is a dynamic addition to one of the world’s most famous stretches of urban streetscape. The subway stop’s golden entry canopy and surrounding common areas merge into the ground plane of Hollywood Boulevard, serving as a pedestrian threshold and grand “front door” for the elegant W Hollywood Hotel and residences—which rise up just behind—and a gracious arrival point for Metro Red Line riders.

The design realizes the plaza as an extension of a series of thematic courtyards lining Hollywood Boulevard, such as the ones fronting the landmark Egyptian and Chinese theaters.
The Pantages Theater across the street is dramatically central to the sight line of commuters escalating up from the subway, and spatially engages with the plaza as its own courtyard.

A rich spectrum of colors and patinas, and a boldly differentiated hardscape palette, contrast and connect project areas. At the east perimeter, a terrazzo “red carpet” stretches from the sidewalk’s “Walk of Fame” to the hotel lobby. The glass, granite, and metal Metro portal canopy was inspired by “the yellow brick road.” Black granite walls wrap around to the top of the Metro station roof, adding interest for W Hotel guests looking down from their rooms.