New Metric Hotel Leads Westlake Neighborhood Re-emergence From the Inside

Anticipating a change in the fabric of the Westlake community, the Metric Hotel’s owners sought out Aaron Neubert Architects to reimagine the Metric Hotel’s tired motel predecessor into a fresh, boutique hotel experience. Intent on working with the community, rather than against it, ANX held community outreach sessions regarding the hotel’s street interface and construction process. The use of site constructed and modular building components work in harmony with the existing scale of the street and neighborhood. The re-envisioned Metric Hotel provides affordable comfort to young, budget travelers seeking an alternative to the franchised hotels proliferating in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Exterior Front Night, Photo credit: Brian Thomas Jones

The Westside Urban Forum Awards recognized the achievements of the Metric Hotel in 2022, calling it an “excellent reinterpretation of an existing use that effectively serves the community by fulfilling an unmet need and enhancing the street environment.” The owners of the Metric Hotel take contribution to the local economy seriously, striving to exclusively source hotel staffing, maintenance, and product contracts from within the community.

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Exterior Front Detail, Photo credit: Brian Thomas Jones

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Exterior Front Day, Photo credit: Brian Thomas Jones

Completed in June of 2021, the hotel now steps back from the street, providing a public zone that contains a drought resistant garden, stormwater catchment basin, and a bicycle rental and repair storefront.

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Exterior Front Detail, Photo credit: Brian Thomas Jones

The front façade highlights the circulation, elevator landings, and lobby with an alternating pattern of reflective ribbed metal panels and floor-to-ceiling windows oriented towards distant mountain and downtown views. The side façade, a traced white canvas, is punctured by the guest room shadow box windows, creating a daily registration of the sun’s path. The rear façade holds a tectonically experiential egress stair, connecting the ground floor to the roof. Situated behind the ground floor lobby and storefront, the street level contains parking, mechanical spaces, and stormwater planters. The second floor holds the main lobby, lounge, dining area, and service rooms, as well as six guest rooms. The third and fourth floors hold eight guest rooms, while the fifth floor has six guest rooms and the owners’ top floor two-bedroom suite, with commanding views of the neighborhood’s transformation.

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Lower Lobby, Photo credit: Brian Thomas Jones

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Upper Lobby, Photo credit: Brian Thomas Jones

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Shadow Box Detail, Photo credit: Brian Thomas Jones

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Guest Room, Photo credit: Brian Thomas Jones

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Upper Lobby, Photo credit: Brian Thomas Jones

About Aaron Neubert Architects

Founded in 2006, Aaron Neubert Architects is a design practice committed to orchestrating poetic relationships between landscape, light, and materiality, resulting in beautifully crafted spaces that amplify the human experience and advance stewardship of the natural environment.

Led by Aaron Neubert, FAIA, the Los Angeles-based practice has produced a diverse portfolio of sustainable, site-specific work that spans private residences, housing, hotels and restaurants, commercial programs, and institutional facilities. The practice’s inventive formal and site resiliency strategies preserve delicate and complex ecologies, while improving the wellness of the community.

 


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