Dr. Zhu Peidong received another design invitation from California for the expansion of Hilton Los Angeles Universal Studios after guiding line+ to win in the "FOREST community" competition in San Francisco and being continuously deepening. As the Design Architect, he managed the collaborative teams working on the design stages from conception to construction. The project design has passed the complete evaluation of Universal Studios and Hilton Hotel Group, and it has entered the construction permit review process of the local competent authorities in Los Angeles, where construction can commence. The hotel is set to open in 2026, welcoming guests from all over the world.
"Respond to Environment, Create Experience, and Create Memory" - It is hoped that the experience accumulated from our past practice of cultural tourism projects in natural landscapes can inject new experience and vitality into Hollywood Universal Studios, a world-famous cultural tourism landmark.
In the scheme, line+ tries to implant its experience of landscape and terrain treatment in the hills and valleys of Los Angeles under the sunshine of California, and reconstruct the relationship between guests and the hotel and between the hotel and the city by mapping the city image, expanding the experience boundary, and updating the public environment. In line+'s view, the expansion of this regional landmark hotel is not only to reshape the skyline of Hollywood community and Universal Studios, but also to become a new generation of travel destination with unique content experience and image perception.
Los Angeles, the largest city on the United States West Coast, with a lot of sunshine and a beautiful natural setting near the mountains and the sea. It is one of the most prominent educational, entertainment, science, and technological hubs in the United States. It is home to the world-renowned film industry center Hollywood. Universal Studios Hollywood is the beginning point and base camp for the global theme park brand derived from the film industry.
Over the past 40 years, the Hilton Hotel, a crucial addition to Universal Studios, has served as a visual recall for those who travel Highway 101, witnessing innumerable important occurrences and hosting dignitaries from across the world.
随着环球影城的扩建以及疫情影响的淡化，游客数量逐年增长，希尔顿酒店原有的接待能力已经越来越难以满足访客的需求。面对新的市场形势，亟待扩充承载量的希尔顿酒店迎来更新扩建与品牌升级，业主计划于现有40年楼龄的旧塔楼旁，扩建一座新的15层酒店，扩增包含395间客房，2个游泳池、多个餐厅以及SPA等配套在内的全新设施，并导入同集团内更强调在地文化和定制化体验的高端品牌Curio Collection by Hilton，从而与仍将持续运营的希尔顿酒店旧塔形成差异化互补的双子品牌酒店。
With the growth of Universal Studios and the fading of the pandemic's impact, the number of tourists has climbed year after year, and the Hilton Hotel's initial reception capacity has become more difficult to satisfy the demands of guests. In the context of market revitalizing in the post-epidemic era, the "Hilton Hotel Universal Studios, Los Angeles", which is in urgent need of expansion, ushers in renewal, expansion, and brand upgrading. The owner plans to build a new 15-story hotel beside the existing 40-year-old tower, including 395 guest rooms, 2 swimming pools, several restaurants, SPA, and other supporting facilities, and introduce the high-end "Curio Collection by Hilton" brand within the Hilton Group, which emphasizes more on local culture and customized experience, so as to form a differentiated but complementary twin brand hotel with the existing tower.
Located on the top of Hollywood Mountain between Universal Studios and Highway 101 in Los Angeles, the site has an excellent view of the whole city. With only a 10-minute drive to downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Runyon Park and other well-known travel destinations, it has both rich urban landscape resources and geographical location advantages.
Catering to the current situation of the site – the spatial order formed by the main tower and the chassis of the parking building, the design adopts a modest avoidance strategy. On the slope next to the chassis of the parking building, a parallelogram plane system continues the hidden multi-directional grid plan in the base, creates a parallel layout that complements the existing tower, and presents a new hotel image facing Highway 101.
At the beginning of design, the team adopts a modular and prefabricated overall construction strategy, which not only complies with the strict structural seismic fortification standards of Los Angeles but also meets the owner's demand of shortening the project period. Based on line+’s rhino-revit working platform, the design expression will connect with the technology application and produce an efficient information synchronization between LDI and contractor.
标准化建造可以使建筑更低碳和可持续，而以标准化营造差异化体验则成为Dynamic Grids方案的重要立意。设计从洛杉矶市花“鹤望兰”的开放与闭合的动态中获得灵感，通过一个标准单元式框架的四向变化，形成动态的网格立面（grid facade），回应一天中的不同气候状况，以此带给旅客意外的惊喜——动态变化的酒店外观和客房内视野。
Standardized construction can make buildings lower carbon and more sustainable, and standardization to create differentiated experience has become an important idea of Dynamic Grids. Inspired by the opening and closing dynamics of the city flower "Strelitzia" of Los Angeles, the design forms a dynamic grid facade through the four-way change of a standard modular framework to respond to different weather conditions, so as to bring surprises - dynamically changing hotel outlook and guest room view - to hotel guests.
The star-shaped pattern composed of silver profiled window openings is not only an abstraction of the memory of the classic films and televisions in Universal Studios, but also an echo of the resplendent Hollywood city. Wrapped in the silver dynamic grid is a copper core of different sizes composed of multiple modules - balconies, frames and giant columns are all covered by copper plates. Under the scorching sunshine of California, the building looks warm and passionate, vividly demonstrating the film texture and dreamy atmosphere of Hollywood and DreamWorks.
The new tower, with excellent supporting facilities, will continue to provide the luxury hotel experience for guests. Furthermore, the design studio, line+, introduces holiday experience and space choices which are closely related to the region to provide guests with the possibility of experiencing the natural scenery and urban scenery interwoven in the infiltration and interaction of activities and environment.
With the expansion of Los Angeles' abundant greenery and the optimal use of land resources, taking advantages of the 56-foot slope height difference, the new tower successfully arranges public areas including the swimming pool dining bar, outdoor SPA, and gym in the slope space area adjacent to the first floor, and sets up a semi-outdoor activity space to connect the hotel public area to urban life.
On the guest room floor at the middle part, a diamond shape stretches out to both ends in a staggered manner. The suite at the end can have a 270 ° view of the landscape, forming a vertical terrace in the air against the urban background. On the top floor, there is a boundless swimming pool and a sunset restaurant. Guests can take the sightseeing elevator directly to the top floor to enjoy the inspiring urban landscape.
With increasing parking pressure and landscape impact from visitors, the design rearranges and expands the existing underground stereoscopic parking structure, incorporating a series of new parking technologies and machinery to meet NBC Universal’s demands for additional parking spaces. The roof layer of the three-dimensional parking structure will serve as the drop-off area and landscape forecastle for the old and new hotels, as well as connect with the adjacent Sheraton hotel to enable peak-hour parking sharing while meeting the transportation needs of the surrounding workers and community residents.
As soon as the expansion plan of Hilton Hotel Universal Studios was proposed, it has drawn great concern from all parties including Universal Studios NBCU, Hilton Hotel Group, Los Angeles City and surrounding public groups etc. due to the landmark attribute of the hotel. In the face of concerns, the expansion project and the designer have been shelved and changed several times.
For this reason, line+ plans to adjust the design from the "expansion" of a single hotel to the "renewal" of the public environment, with the sustainable strategies such as urban friendliness, environmental green and resource sharing, to balance the owner’s urgent private demand and the benefits of public stakeholders. This will provide Los Angeles, the community, and the general public a brand new resort hotel with a fresh urban image, a unique vacation experience, and memorable vistas.
After multiple rounds of communication, coordination and modification between line+ and various stakeholders, and with the joint efforts of the AOR and various professional LDI teams, the construction drawing design has been finished and submitted to LADBS for review.
The Curio Collection Hotel is projected to create a new regional visual memory for those travelling along West Coast Highway 101. It is a destination for individuals who check in to experience the surrounding natural and cultural landscape. People will discover novelty, excitement, and adventure with full sense of vigour in the relationship between nature and prosperity.
方案及初步设计阶段（SD to DD phase）：胡润芝、卞千、张道正、陶徐峰、杨启航、赵晨森、徐子峰、段夏婧、李航（技术）
建筑及AOR（美方LDI）：Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects.