LH Design Awards: The Shore Hotel, Santa Monica, CA

LH Design Awards: The Shore Hotel, Santa Monica, CA
The Team: Ocean Avenue Management/Farzam family (ownership & management), Gensler (architecture & design)
The Brief: Replace two demolished economy hotels that stood on the coastline with an environmentally friendly boutique hotel featuring as many ocean views as possible.
The Inspiration: Location, location, location. Steps from both the Pacific Ocean and the famed 3rd Street Promenade, the Shore Hotel was inspired by the natural oceanfront landscape converging with the unique urban fabric of Santa Monica.
The Finished Product: The $39-million, 164-room hotel opened last summer and has earned LEED Gold status from the USGBC. The beachside environment extends indoors with natural sandstone walls in an open lobby that also features glass walls looking out to the ocean. Teal and orange shades color guestrooms outfitted with custom-made teak wood furniture. Private balconies in each offer breathtaking views of the ocean and also provide natural ventilation, a key part of the sustainable design. Vanities and desktops are made from eco-safe solvents, wall coverings are certified for air quality and roof-top solar panels heat the pool and spa. Sensors in each guestroom turn off light fixtures and the air conditioning unit when guests leave their rooms.
The Focal Point: The open-air U-design of the property allows for all the ocean views, as well as the unique courtyard, pool and patio area nestled in the middle of it all. The courtyard is enclosed with glass walls and overlooks the ocean, while a unique public-use space greets pedestrians at street level blurring the line between sidewalk and hotel entrance. A three-tier sky bridge connects the main building to a second collection of rooms featuring the same ocean views.

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