Norton Building

Client / Urban Offerings

Area / Fashion District, Downtown Los Angeles

Status / In Progress

Type / Commercial

Located at the western edge of downtown LA’s Fashion District, this building has housed a combination of garment manufacturing, apparel, lumber and engraving uses since its completion in 1913.

Norton Building

Located at the western edge of downtown LA’s Fashion District, this building has housed a combination of garment manufacturing, apparel, lumber and engraving uses since its completion in 1913.

Owner / Urban Offerings

Location / Fashion District, Downtown Los Angeles

Status / In Progress

Type / Commercial

Located at the western edge of downtown LA’s Fashion District, this building has housed a combination of garment manufacturing, apparel, lumber and engraving uses since its completion in 1913.

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New Uses

The reinforced concrete structure will have a newly pared-down form, with contemporary glazing and new canopy elements that recall the existing canopy. The six-story building will include a food hall at the ground floor and upper-floor creative offices, all within the existing shell.

Rendering by Lynch Eisinger Design.

Rendering by Lynch Eisinger Design.

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Design

The ground-floor food hall extends the pedestrian realm to the building’s interior, with a network of operable storefronts along Los Angeles Street. Sixteen-foot high storefront glazing at the front and rear facades of the food hall were designed to bring natural light deep into the space and encourage visitors to circulate between the retail corridor of Los Angeles Street and a rear pedestrian alley.

A modern, metal-clad rooftop restaurant, outdoor patio and urban farm—cantilevered over the edge of the existing building—mark a modern addition to the neighborhood’s historic fabric. The restaurant’s folded-plate roof provides vaulted dining spaces and unobstructed downtown views. Primary entry to the roof restaurant has been located in a new entry at the building’s rear, re-establishing a connection with underused alleys nearby.

For this project, we collaborated with architecture firm Lynch Eisinger Design, based in New York City.

Exterior project photography by Hunter Kerhart.