Location: Los Angeles, California

Client: Forest City Realty Trust

The character, scale, and eclectic ground plane of Blossom Plaza in Los Angeles’ Chinatown District ignite a vibrant and culturally rich pedestrian experience in this transit-oriented mixed-use development. This highly accessible and pedestrian-friendly network of public open spaces links the METRO Gold Line Station to Broadway, Chinatown’s “Main Street.” Along 20,000 square feet at ground level, retail and food-and-beverage tenants animate the street; 237 urban apartments are located above the mixed-use podium. The 19,000 square feet of public space accommodate public neighborhood events, and features paving marked by patterns that reflect historic Chinese geometries.

The architecture of Blossom Plaza, while contemporary, is defined by shape and color panels drawing inspiration from the signature elements of traditional Chinese architecture. A wide range of environmental building, site, and construction strategies target the project for LEED Gold certification.