The Lane Building

Client / Palace Company

Area / Fashion District, Downtown Los Angeles

Status / In Progress

Type / Hotel, Mixed Use, Housing

This 12-story, 84,000 sf tower, originally known as the Lane Mortgage Building, was designed by the Los Angeles architect Lester Loy Smith and completed in 1923. Among its original features are an entry lobby with tilework by renowned artisan Ernest Batchelder.

The Lane Building

This 12-story, 84,000 sf tower, originally known as the Lane Mortgage Building, was designed by the Los Angeles architect Lester Loy Smith and completed in 1923. Among its original features are an entry lobby with tilework by renowned artisan Ernest Batchelder.

Owner / Palace Company

Location / Fashion District, Downtown Los Angeles

Status / In Progress

Type / Hotel, Mixed Use, Housing

This 12-story, 84,000 sf tower, originally known as the Lane Mortgage Building, was designed by the Los Angeles architect Lester Loy Smith and completed in 1923. Among its original features are an entry lobby with tilework by renowned artisan Ernest Batchelder.

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New Uses

The building’s conversion will bring a bar to the basement, restaurant and retail offerings to the ground floor, and 110 market-rate rental apartments to the upper floors. Given the relatively small size (down to 380 sf) of most units, Omgivning is using multiple built-ins to maximize each space’s efficiency. Through creatively deployed areas for seating and storage, as well as upscale fixtures, finishes and detailing, the concept is to demonstrate that small areas and high quality are not incompatible.

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Amenities

On the renovated rooftop, residents will enjoy a dense and wild landscape of grassy native species. Amid this expanse, there will be areas for dining and barbecuing, as well as new metal-clad structures—extensions of three 1,100 SF penthouse units—that seem to pierce the building’s top and offer private, pavilion-style roof access.

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Context

To the immediate west of the Lane Building is the historic Tower Theatre, which tech giant Apple plans to lease and convert to a new retail store. (The two buildings are owned by the same family. You can see the Tower's ornate façade toward the right side of the photo opposite.) In anticipation of increased pedestrian flow and intense public interest, we have paid particular attention to augmenting the overall pedestrian experience and ensuring the cohesion of the Lane’s ground-floor retail even when renovations come to the Tower site. To that end, for the ground level commercial spaces, we’re developing a spare, glassy storefront system while still maintaining the locations of all historic entrances.

Project photography by Hunter Kerhart.