Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fresh Renderings of the Almost-Finished Sunset Gordon Tower

All images from RKF

After numerous lawsuits and cries of corruption, CIM Group's $100 million Sunset Gordon tower is expected to open later this year.  The 23-story high-rise--which broke ground in 2012--will soon infuse a sleepy section of Sunset Boulevard with 300 apartments, 14,000 square feet of ground floor retail space, and 40,000 square feet of creative office space.  Although the building's real-life appearance deviates significantly from earlier renderings (Hello, stucco!), a new set of promotional images paints a rosier picture for the project.

At ground level, Sunset Gordon will faithfully recreate the facade of Hollywood's Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant, which was demolished to make way for the tower.  Opened in 1924, the one-story building first served as a showroom for the Peerless Motor Company and later as a radio broadcast facility for KNX and KMPC.  CIM Group will incorporate several design elements salvaged from the original structure into Sunset Gordon's ground floor, including windows and wooden trusses (see interior renderings below).

Sunset Gordon, as of June

CIM Group's mixed-use tower sits at the center of Sunset Boulevard's recent development boom, which will soon bring millions of square feet in new residential, office and retail space to the Hollywood market.  Two blocks west of CIM Group's development, Kilroy Realty is in the midst of construction on the 675,000 square foot Columbia Square development.  To the east, Hudson Pacific Properties plans nearly 600,000 square feet of office space in two high-rise buildings.  Most notably, Emerson College opened its spectacular new Los Angeles campus directly across the street from Sunset Gordon earlier this year.


  1. Well I was not expecting this. The upper two stories of the podium also seem to be a very direct nod to the late Moderne office building just off Sunset and Gower (https://www.google.com.tw/maps/@34.097656,-118.322292,3a,75y,115.87h,103.39t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sL0TMAKiJ3IlFuj3W0bgePg!2e0).

    1. There's definitely a resemblance. Not sure why they'd choose to mimic a non-historic office building from a block away, though.