American Life, Inc.
GBD Architects, Inc.
In this competition for a 26 story hotel tower at Ocean Blvd. & Pine Ave., in the heart of coastal downtown Long Beach, we provided a diagrammatic and analytical space planning approach to address specifc site issues, governed by strict regulatory and city development standards. The study of valet & public pedestrian circulation, public use of a dedicated park space easement, and repurposing of historic Jergins Tunnel underneath Ocean Ave, prompted 3 design solutions. Pros and cons of each solution yielded a preferred design that includes amenities like an expanded covered porte-cochère, ‘circular’ vehicular drive, water features, and public park/plaza space set in a structured landscape setting.