a major mixed-use development by architect frank gehry has broken ground in downtown los angeles. named after its location on LA’s grand avenue, ‘the grand’ is situated in close proximity to the DS+R-designed broad museum and walt disney concert hall, designed by gehry himself. construction is now underway on the project, which, once complete, will bring shops, restaurants, residences, and a new hotel to the neighborhood.

frank gehry grand
all images courtesy of related – CORE



the groundbreaking was celebrated by government officials, philanthropist eli broad, frank gehry, and the downtown los angeles community alongside the project’s developers — related companies and its partner CORE USA. the grand will include over 176,000 square feet of retail space anchored by a collection of restaurants and shops and a movie theater complex. the development will also include an equinox hotel and more than 400 luxury residences, of which 20% will be deemed ‘affordable’. meanwhile, a large public plaza will feature a series of landscaped terraces.

frank gehry grand
the development is in close proximity to walt disney concert hall, also designed by gehry



the organization of the building massing seeks to break with the typical mixed-use template by integrating podium areas into the overall building design. this allows the towers to meet the ground, surrounding sidewalks with restaurants and humanizing the base of the building for pedestrians. each tower is clearly differentiated in height to modulate the massing and better relate to the surrounding context, while greenery is integrated at all public areas in the lower portion of the scheme.

frank gehry grand
the street is activated with restaurants and retail outlets



‘with the grand, we’re not just building buildings, we’re building places,’ says architect frank gehry. ‘we are trying to make a place for people not only to live, but also to gather after concerts or performances, and my hope is that it will spawn other growth in the neighborhood. my dream is that from time-to-time, we will be able to close grand avenue and have street parties with projections on walt disney concert hall. the project is meant to complement and enhance the walt disney concert hall, the colburn, the broad and the other buildings that make up the rich and exciting cultural district that is emerging on grand avenue.’

frank gehry grand
frank gehry has also designed a sculpture as part of the project



according to the team behind the project, the grand exceeds energy efficiency requirements with high efficiency heating, cooling and hot water systems, LED lighting, energy star equipment and appliances, and smart controls. use of the city’s potable water supply is reduced through significant rainwater collection and reuse for irrigation systems and water efficient fixtures. the grand also offers residents and visitors access to sustainable and unique amenities including EV charging stations, on-demand electric vehicle car sharing, and over 150 bicycle parking spaces.

frank gehry grand
the grand is expected to complete in 2021



‘our long-term focus and tenacity of effort ensured frank gehry’s architectural majesty and a destination befitting this great city,’ says stephen m. ross, chairman and founder of related companies. ‘the grand is a crescendo to downtown’s cultural renaissance and will bring not only tremendous economic benefits, but culinary creativity, new shopping and entertainment experiences, a unique hotel and brilliant residences for all income levels.’ it is estimated that the development will generate 10,000 new jobs, $397 million in revenues to the city of los angeles and $68 million in revenues to the county of los angeles over the next 25 years. the grand is expected to complete in 2021. see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here.



project info:


architect: frank gehry
development team: related companies and CORE USA
construction manager: AECOM
los angeles, CA, USA