patterns: sunset boutique
patterns: sunset boutique patterns: sunset boutique
nov 30, 2010

patterns: sunset boutique

‘sunset boutique’ by patterns in hollywood, california all images courtesy patterns photographer: joshua white

los-angeles based studio patterns has designed a high end retail store on sunset boulevard in hollywood, california. ‘sunset boutique’ features a translucent facade composed of strips that bend and inflect to expose the interior glass box.

(left) from street level (right) detail of facade

as the project was officially listed as a renovation, there were clear restrictions on the scope of work from the very beginning. working with the existing elements at hand, the design is a result of a negotiation between the steel column grid which remains from the previous renovation and the singularity of the adjacent context.

facade peel-back

influenced by the sleekness of automotive fabrication, the materials used exhibit clean and seamless finishes. connection details and joineries are concealed from the outside by being recessed behind the surface. constructed out of 3/8” polycarbonate panels, the facade was molded and heat formed to control the overall form. the translucence of the skin coupled with the lighting effect allows the street face of the project to react to the daylight conditions.

facade inflection


the inflection observed from the facade is also translated to the interior. the underside of the skin features a framing system in dark steel, accenting the spatial tension caused by the inward intrusion. gill-like horizontal apertures open up to allow sunlight to seep in to illuminate the all-white interior space.

view of the facade from the second level

underside of facade

(left) detail of framing system (right) stairs down to ground level

ground level from entrance


ground floor plan

first floor plan


sight line diagrams


exploded axo

project info: principals in charge: marcelo spina, georgina huljich site characteristics: high end commerce and dining project scope: street storefront program: high end retain store area: 7000 ft2 collaboration and fabrication: 3form

  • isn’t this a bit of an older project? in any case, the interior is nice, i guess– a bit bland. the façade is a bit too much and the composition (it is a composition, after all) is not so convincing.

    gaque says:
  • the shell makes me want to die, be reborn, and see it for the first time all over again

    nixgreen says:
  • sorry but it looks like the building’s exterior sustained severe wind damage.

    trimtab21 says:
  • for all the publicity this project received during design (for years!) I was expecting a lot more.

    Eug says:
  • The axon tells all – its corb’s domino diagram with a hyper-tech shed on the front. Happy to see the stair design never made it into the realized building.

    klue says:

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