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Arts District, Los Angeles, CA


American Institute of Architects

2016 AIA/LA Residential Architecture Awards

Excellence in Architectural Design, Multi Family Residential


2015 Engineering News - Record Southern California Best Projects 

Los Angeles Downtown News

2015 Downtowners of Distinction Awards Honoree


Los Angeles Downtown Breakfast Club

2015 Rose Award Honoree


American Institute of Architects

2015 AIA / LA Design Awards

Honor Award for Excellence in Architectural Design


Los Angeles Business Council

Los Angeles Architectural Awards

2014 Award for Excellence 


One Santa Fe is a mixed-use development located along the eastern edge of downtown Los Angeles, directly across the street from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).  The 510,000 square foot project stretches over a long and narrow  4-acre site of previously vacant land, adjacent to the LA Metro rail yard, and contains 438 residential units, 39,000 square feet of community serving retail, 40,000 square feet of creative office space and 800 parking spaces.


The development creates a programmatic amalgam of residential, retail, commercial, and open spaces within the formerly industrial Arts District.  There are a number of residential amenities located throughout the building, with the main concentration of shared community space located on the second floor, overlooking the central public courtyard below.  This area consists of a clubhouse, fitness club, yoga, spinning and pilates studio, outdoor event area and a zero-edge saltwater pool.  A new commercial and retail zone stretches across the ground level of the development with the portion north of 3rd street housing creative offices tenanted by LA Metro.


Extending from First Street south toward Fourth Street along Santa Fe Avenue, the building’s length of more than a quarter mile echoes the strong, linear forms of the surrounding regional infrastructure, including the Los Angeles River, adjacent rail lines, and the former freight depot building that now houses SCI-Arc.  At its northernmost end, the project links directly to the First Street Bridge which carries pedestrian sidewalks, vehicular traffic, and the LA Metro Gold Line.


The Project was developed by Cowley Real Estate Partners and was financed by joint venture partners Goldman Sachs and Canyon Capital Partners.  The project’s design architect was Michael Maltzan, who had previously worked alongside CREP on a number of projects including the Star Apartments, KTGY acted as the development’s executive architect.  CREP also acted as development managers on this project and oversaw all entitlements, pre-construction, development, marketing and lease-up through completion and sale.


For more information on this award-winning project, please click here to view One Santa Fe’s current website. 

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