고전으로 부터 현재까지, 로스앤젤레스 시내 중심가 위치한 에이스 호텔은 1920년대 헐리우드의 영광을, 그 당시의 건축양식을 재현, 현시대에 공존 시킨다. 프랭크 로이드 라이트의 모던건축, 스페인 세고비아 고딕양식의 대성당과 같은 전통과 역사는 호텔의 각 공용공간에 투영된다. 그리고 또한 다문화, 다민족으로 이루어진 지역적 특징; 캘리포니아 모던, 오스트리아 분리주의, 바우하우스, 50년 프랑스 양식, 60년 멕시코 양식, 그리고 현재 LA의 현대적인 디자인은 혼합되며 다양한 형태로 적층된 콘크리트 디자인으로 구현된다.
reviewed by SJ,오사
Since opening in January, Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles — all 182 rooms, 16 suites, rooftop pool and bar, theatre, restaurant, and communal spaces — has helped reinvigorate an under-loved, under-used part of downtown. The design, a partnership between Atelier Ace and Commune Design, is a keyed-up reconsideration of the 1927 United Artists building and theatre, which were originally commissioned by the film studio’s co-founder Mary Pickford, who was so seduced by the Segovia Cathedral in Spain that she wanted to bring some of that gothic good stuff to L.A.
‘Back then, Hollywood had embraced a mash-up of architectural styles,
from Tudor to Renaissance to Normandy,’ says Roman Alonso of Commune.
At the same time, Los Angeles was a ‘vortex for modernist architecture’ a la
Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra and Rudolf Schindler. This strange
collision of gothic and modernist rooted the design. ‘Add to that a
layer of cultural rebellion embodied by Ace,’ says Alonso, ‘and you get
what became our design mantra: Mary Pickford has an affair with Rudolf
Schindler and they have a love child, Exene Cervenka, lead singer of the
L.A. punk band X.’
Visually, this love child is an interior of cool concrete layered with warm references inspired by ‘California moderns, Austrian secessionists, the Bauhaus, French ’50s, Mexican ’60s, and L.A. today,’ Alonso says. Most of the furnishings, custom lighting, and finishes were designed, made or found in California or Mexico, with contributions by local artists, artisans and craftsmen. The designers also took to a dramatic restoration of The Theatre at Ace Hotel — whose lobby alone is 214 sq meters with 11 meter-high ceilings — with a new mechanical infrastructure, refurbished original seats, a new custom carpet pattern and a Deco-inspired ticket booth that doubles as a newsstand. The surprising result celebrates Los Angeles’ history of breaking with the expected.
Ace Hotel Downtown — 929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, California, USA
Photos by Spencer Lowell, Courtesy of Ace Hotels