Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Inc.

Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Inc.

Stanley Saitowitz
Natoma Architects Inc.

Angels Landing

The site is the last piece of native hill, surrounded by gridded streets, cubic buildings and gleaming towers. The steep natural hill is terraced to create a series of habitable landscape platforms. A pair of stairs link these platforms. The terraces and stairs replicate the interiors of the two Angels Flight funicular cars, Sinai and Olivet that switch positions from top to base of hill.

The Historic Core is an expression of traditional American Urban Development of grids and cubes. Angels Tower and Stepped Slab are assembled by stacking these blocks in the sky. Our hyphen architecture is a bridge, merging the grids and cubes of the Historic Core and the towers of Bunker Hill.

At the base of the hill, on Hill Street, a Trellised Public Square, Sinai Plaza, connects Angels Flight with Pershing Square Metro in an expanded square, Pershing Metro Square, surrounded by food court retail. From the center of the square, the diagonal stairs and escalators descend to the tracks. Above the restaurants The Paseo and Hotel bar overlook from a mezzanine. This generous space is open to both Hill and Fourth and roofed by the hotel floating over it. A public elevator links to all levels and California Plaza above.

At the other end, Sinai Plaza connects to Angels Flight Archway where Angels Flight Museum, interlocking weatherproof walls, are an outdoor public exhibit displaying its rich history.

The large urban roof that connects Angels Flight and Pershing Metro demarcates a public square, where farmers markets and festivals have space to fill, where Central Market has space to overflow, food trucks place to park, and strollers and lingerers opportunities to sit and wait. This space can house public art, host art exhibitions, and support urban theatre.

Angels Steps link Sinai Plaza at the bottom of the hill on Hill Street, to Olivet Plaza at the top of the hill above Olive Street. Like the Spanish Steps in Rome, this grand urban stair has many opportunities for inhabiting and use. The first run doubles as Angels Amphitheater, overlooking the square. At every landing and on all sides of the stair, Retail and restaurants are located.

Incised into the hill, the Terraces support a variety of programs, both commercial and institutional. The two urban edges, along Hill Street and adjoining California Plaza, are paved urban plazas. The ground surface of the terraces in between recreate the natural California landscape of the present hill with grasses and trees, and are public urban parkland.

As the hill ascends, transverse Paseos connect the terrace programs laterally, linking the stairs in a net of connections, creating a web of public movement and retail opportunities. Elevators and parking are linked directly to every level.

An Elementary School with access from Angels Steps as well as the Olive Street drop off via elevator occupies two levels of the landscaped terraces. The school spills out to a rooftop garden play yard, a green learning oasis in the midst of the city.

On the other side of Angels Steps is the Hotel. The Hotel Lobby is accessed from the Porte-Cochere on Fourth Street, with Capsule Cafe on the corner of Olive, and the Hotel drop-off and turnaround in a grand covered space. The arrivals desk is at the center, with direct access to parking, and open to the Paseo Bar overlooking Pershing Metro Square. On the other end of the Hotel Lobby at Olive Street is Fonda, a restaurant. The stepped slab Hotel is the base with blocks of Residences above and two rooftop amenity areas for the two programs.
Over Olive Street, California Plaza is expanded with Olivet Plaza extending and linking it with the network of stairs and paseos that connect Bunker Hill directly to the Historic Core. A fourth commercial edge is provided to the main level of California Plaza. Olivet Steps connect from street level to Olivet Plaza.

All vehicular access is off Olive Street, which as it rises, provides opportunities to enter the project at different levels. Closest to the intersection of Hill, at the lowest, is the Hotel entry to the Porte-Cochere. Further up Olive is the truck entry access to the loading dock areas. Further up the hill is the main drop off, and access to elevators a lobbies, and last entry to the parking levels which ramp down the hill.

Angels Tower is placed at the top of the hill, aligned precisely with the gap between California 1 & 2, preserving their view corridors and ensuring views from all four sides of Angels Tower. This tall Bunker Hill scale tower is housing. The Stepped Slab Hotel building lines Fourth Street, tracking the topography, connecting the scale of Bunker Hill with the Historic Core.

The building’s iconic quality is derived from common language, making it exceptional and ordinary simultaneously. Our hyphen architecture is a bridge, merging the grids and cubes of the Historic Core and the Towers of Bunker Hill. Angels Tower is assembled by stacking blocks in the sky, the Stepped Slab mirrors the hill and connects to the lower scale and the Terraces replicate the landscape and are incised with program.

Angels Landing is a place for all Angelenos - a free and public space between Downtown, the Civic Center, the Historic Core and Bunker Hill - a space filled with opportunities for human interaction and connection, emblematic of the freedom and prosperity of the City of Los Angeles.