Bank of America Plaza Lobby
Brookfield Properties Corporation
Los Angeles, California
Square Footage: 23,652
Bank of America Plaza, located in Bunker Hill, is one of the most prestigious office properties in downtown Los Angeles. Completed in 1974, by AC Martin Architects, the 55-story building's public spaces needed to be reinvigorated. The building’s owners, Brookfield Properties, retained us to bring new life to the building interiors. Retaining the building’s modernist aesthetics, we softened and brightened the main lobby with new lighting and replaced the grey smoke glass railings to new, low iron glass with simple stainless steel rail detail. New security and concierge desks, turnstiles, carpeting in the elevator lobbies, along with new elevator interiors, furniture and lobby doors brought new life to the skyscraper's vast lobby.
Taking inspiration from the blazing red-orange, 42-foot-high "Four Arches" sculpture by Alexander Calder, which stands just outside the lobby doors, we collaborated with Tapestry artist, Christopher Farr, to bring in bolder touches with warmth and texture. Five custom tapestries, made of hand-spun wool and mohair, were flat-woven in Turkey on looms designed to accommodate supersize dimensions, the largest more than 20 feet wide by 41 feet high. Stretched across aluminum frames specially engineered by Gilsanz Murray Steficek, the tapestries span multiple levels on three of the lobby walls bringing an invigorating dose of saturated color giving the building luster and warmth.