Marriott’s Edition hotel on Sunset Boulevard at Doheny got the blessing of the Design Review Subcommittee of the city’s Planning Commission last night with the provision that it incorporate more pedestrian-friendly elements on its Sunset Boulevard frontage.
The subcommittee asked that the design incorporate pedestrian pathways, perhaps with some sort of public art, in the 90-foot-deep lawn in front of the hotel that the project’s designer described as a “public park.”
It also asked that a restaurant proposed for the western corner of the building be directly accessible, and more visible, from Sunset Boulevard.
The City of West Hollywood is working to make all new development along Sunset Boulevard, a major east-west traffic artery, more pedestrian friendly.
The recommendation of the subcommittee, whose members are Roy Huebner, David Aghaei and John Altschul, will go to the West Hollywood City Council. While the Council approved the project in 2010 and agreed to additions to it in 2012, the developer did not present the actual design at those times.
The design is a collaboration between Ian Schrager, who pioneered the “boutique hotel” concept with examples such as the Delano in Miami and the Morgans hotels in New York, and John Pawson, the British minimalist designer.
The 148-room hotel will be the West Coast flagship of the Edition hotel concept, developed by Schrager, who also is known for partnering in the 1970s with Steve Rubell on New York City’s Studio 54. The hotel will include 20 condominiums, a restaurant, a rooftop bar and a spa. It will have 376 parking spaces.
The hotel essentially is two buildings that will appear as one, with the Sunset Boulevard-facing portion 13 stories high. The south side of the project, facing Harratt Street, will have nine stories of hotel rooms and condos atop a two-story parking garage. That side of the hotel will be covered with various forms of native plants according to Christina Zimmerman of Ian Schrager Company.