Creative Spark

Strand & Pier
by HKS

A tranquil refuge from downtown Los Angeles energetic pace, Strand & Pier in Hermosa Beach captivates with distinct expressions of playful sophistication and exemplifies the blending and layering of architectural elements and eclectic cultural nuances.

Amenities at this courtyard roof deck include a bar, guest outdoor lounge and splash pool, rooms with lushly planted patios, and a VIP lounge with a fire pit at the bar area overlooking the Strand and beach beyond. Continuing up, guests arrive at the rooftop bar, a publicly-accessible open/flexible event space with dramatic, sweeping views of the Santa Monica Mountains and Manhattan Beach to the north, Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes to the south, and unobstructed views over the Pacific Ocean to the west.

The project is situated at the historical, cultural, and social heart of the city and draws its design inspiration from much that is unique to Hermosa Beach. The massing takes its cues from jazz notions of syncopated rhythms and soloists trading 4’s, riffing off Hermosa’s rich history of promoting west coast jazz; the scale of the building elements relate to the verticality of the building fabric along Pier Avenue and the horizontality of the Strand; surf aesthetics are incorporated in the façade’s asymmetrical and two-tone wood elements; and the spirit of the hotel is derived from a ‘fun is good’ attitude, where relaxation and innovation are not mutually exclusive.

presented by

Thomas Sprinkle

Thomas Sprinkle

Principal

HKS