As the first high-rise in Los Angeles’ historic Arts District, 520 Mateo is a contemporary interpretation of the surrounding urban fabric. The building’s façade references the strong grids found in many of the district’s historic warehouses and factories. The grid shifts and breaks in tandem with the various programmatic elements, while the language of the façade remains legible at the scale of the paseo, the office, and the tower.
1 million SF
105,000 SF office
55,000 SF open space
The one million square-foot mixed-use development is composed of a 35-story residential tower; a six-story, 105,000-square-foot creative office building; 20,000-square-feet of retail space; and a 748-car parking garage.
The residential tower is composed of 475 apartments, ranging from studios to two bedroom units. Special considerations for the needs of artists informed the unit design for the project. Each unit incorporates at least 150-square-feet of clear and unobstructed space to support the practice of artists and makers. Affordable loft-style units are offered on the ground floor and are intended to serve as live/work studios for local artists. The residential amenity program is composed of a gallery bar and event space; pool deck; a fitness center and spa with wellness rooms; and a top floor sundeck with sweeping views of Downtown LA and the San Gabriel and San Bernadino Mountain ranges.
The five-story office component of the project is geared towards tenants in the creative industries, offering virtually column-free floorplates to support open and collaborative work environments. Designed to accommodate varying tenant sizes, each floorplate is easily divisible to accommodate smaller tenants and anticipates needs for larger tenants with areas designed to easily accommodate interconnecting stairs. All tenants will also have access to a landscaped terrace on the third floor.
SCB’s design for 520 Mateo seeks to enhance the Arts District community by creating 55,000-square-feet of activated open space. An expansive, lushly landscaped public paseo connects Santa Fe and Mateo Streets and features retail, outdoor seating, and a performance stage made from a repurposed train car, referencing the rail line that once traversed the site. The paseo is envisioned as a year-round gathering place with programmed activities such as public art installations, outdoor concerts, movies, and other special events.