After a multi-billion overhaul, the Fairmont Century Plaza is to soon open its doors and claim the spot of Los Angeles’ most vibrant and pedestrian-friendly development.
Fairmont, which operates some of the most lavish resorts around the world, oversaw the redesign of the historic 1966 Century Plaza Hotel, Minoru Yamasaki’s mid-century masterpiece which regularly hosted Hollywood A-listers. Famed developer Michael Rosenfeld, CEO of Woodridge Capital Partners, preserved Yamasaki’s original vision, while infusing it with an ultra-modern, uber-luxurious appeal.
The developer, Michael Rosenfeld engaged a multitude of acclaimed firms, including Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Gensler and Marmol Radziner, to create a smart, sustainable and social enclave that fosters a luxury lifestyle.
“It is a rare and special privilege to work with the world’s finest planners, architects, and designers to transform an icon of historic Los Angeles into the centerpiece of the future of our city,” Rosenfeld said in a press statement last year. “The importance of this project necessitated bringing together this great team, commensurate with the area’s need to have the best of everything, from design to finishes to functionality. The Century Plaza Hotel, with its boutiques, restaurants, and residences, will set a new standard for the Westside and the way we will live for decades to come.”
Only minutes away from Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills, the renovated five-star hotel boasts 400 rooms, a gourmet café, an American brasserie, a rooftop bar and a 14,000-square-foot spa among other amenities. The old-day charm of the spaces has been preserved through Yabu Pushelberg’s careful blend of subtle references and modern details. The crown jewel of the hotel remains its legendary ballroom, dubbed “the Western White House,” which has hosted every sitting president since Lyndon B. Johnson.
Among the novel additions to the Fairmont Century Plaza are the twin towers that loom some 535 feet over the hotel. The glassy convex structures harbor exquisite residences that evoke subdued Hollywood glamor. Each one boasts a fireplace – a rarity in LA, cutting-edge kitchens, stone vanities and, of course, breath-taking views of the City of Angles. Residents also have access to a state-of-the-art pool, fitness center, steam/sauna with his & her locker rooms, yoga studio, Pilates studio, outdoor dining with BBQ, children’s playroom, business center, wine cellars, screening room, game room, library, private dining room, lounge, and a banquet-sized dining room with catering kitchen.
“These owners are looking for turn-key living,” said Mary Ann Osborn, Managing Director of Sales for the Century Plaza Residences, in a press statement. “They want the convenience of estate living, vertically.”
The serenity and opulence of Fairmont Century Plaza crystalize in a kinetic head sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, which seems to nod to a future where the public and private interweave. “I am trying always to create a place where people could meet and share dreams,” said the developer.
One such place, for sure, is the Fairmont Century Plaza.
Mary Ann Osborn is the exclusive agent representing the Century City, California real estate market as a member of the Haute Residence Real Estate Network. View her profile or contact her here.
Images and renderings courtesy of ©DBOX for Next Century Partners