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Three CRE Questions with Winston Chang, AIA LEED AP, Principal at TCA Architects

Three TCA-designed DTLA projects, Hanover Grand, Hanover South Park and Hanover Olympic, are working in concert to transform former parking lots into a lively residential neighborhood. The new community serves as a bridge between the prospering South Park district and the Historic Core to the northeast.

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Q. How does the proximity of Hanover Company’s three urban apartment communities affect how you approach designs for each? 

A. Rarely does an occasion arise where you have the opportunity to make such a profound effect on the shaping of a new neighborhood – especially in downtown Los Angeles! At TCA, we’ve taken that responsibility to heart, going to great lengths to create a distinctive identity for each community, while unifying the neighborhood through the introduction of quality open spaces, resort-style amenities, and neighborhood serving retail, as these are the elements that work together to enhance and extend the pedestrian experience of South Park.

Q. Why were historical elements blended with modern designs?

A. The goal was to combine the history of the surrounding areas with a new and distinctive identity that understands the present vibe of the neighborhood. For example, the design of Hanover Olympic features an aesthetic with a staccato rhythm in deference to the great jazz history of the adjacent Historic Core; whereas Hanover Grand is stately and sophisticated – responding to the buildings’ direct adjacency to the Federal Reserve Building.

Q. How does the location of these projects impact the lifestyle of Downtown LA’s existing residential population? 

A. What was once a section of downtown awash in surface parking lots, will soon become a hotbed of residential living and pedestrian activity with this spring’s completion of Hanover Olympic (opens spring 2016). The three communities bring a total of 817 brand new apartment homes and over 42,000 square feet of retail space to the neighborhood. South Park and Historic Core residents now have a vibrant pedestrian-friendly corridor that will link them to all of the exciting retail and amenities of their neighbors.

And, as the Downtown LA renaissance continues to fill the remaining gaps in its fabric, it becomes increasingly important for developers and designers to understand the pulse of the area and have an appreciation of its past. Only then can you deliver a future that contributes positively to neighborhood, and continues the amazing growth of downtown Los Angeles.

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