In Bloom: Redeveloping LA’s Flower Market

Brooks + Scarpa's redevelopment proposal for Downtown Los Angeles’ Flower Market has been given planning permission. We take a look at what the project entails

Brooks + Scarpa's redevelopment project for LA’s Flower Market has received approval from the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, giving the green light for the construction of a new 15-storey building that will include more than 300 residential units.

The project will see the demolition of a southern building on the current site, and the renovation of a northern building. The new additional tower will also be split in three to allow space for three roof decks.

The site will also remain host to the commercial flower market, providing 64,000 square feet of wholesale space as well as 10,000 square feet of event space. The flower market will remain in operation throughout construction.

As well as providing a vital heart to the project, the flower market also provides visual inspiration for its design. Brooks + Scarpa have opted to use bright colours throughout the project in reference to the flowers. 

Pending additional approvals, the $170m project will begin construction by the end of the year, and is expected to be completed by 2022. 

Most notable about the structure, however, is how novel it is – and yet how impactful it may prove to future designs. “As sustainability becomes integral to all construction, this development pushes us further to look beyond the requirements and aspire to really integrate ourselves with nature,” said the jury. “This is a truly well thought through, carefully researched project that has created a home that inspires those that are lucky enough to visit. A noble, momentous model to aspire to.”

Image courtesy of Ricky Jones

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