The Harper on Sunset encourages a first of its kind, transformational, vibrant, walkable vision for this Eastern portion of the Sunset Strip.
Project Description and Design
The Harper on Sunset is a mixed use project that impressively wraps the radius corner of Sunset Boulevard and Harper Avenue. The broad curved volume of the hotel highlights a bold new sign composition of vertical LED strips. The building itself is modern style and is somewhat reserved without being ostentatious. The main theme of the building is an abundant use of greenery, to create an organic appearance that is visually appealing to the public. Unique to this project, is a beautifully landscaped courtyard open to the sky and accessible to the community. The main hotel structure floats above street level, with expansive openings and glass walls that invite the public in. A full service restaurant and separate neighborhood bakery take up most all of the street frontage along Sunset to the main outdoor plaza entrance to the project, greatly increasing pedestrian activity. Outdoor seating stretches the length of Sunset in a series of landscaped terraces that engages a strong connection between the project and the street.
The 38,215 sq. ft Property is located within Site 1B of the Eastern Gateway of the Sunset Strip and includes a commercial surface parking lot in the rear currently zoned R-4B. The Harper on Sunset will replace a stout unremarkable aging 2 story office building at 8228 Sunset Blvd., a 2 story fanciful office structure at 8240 Sunset Blvd. that originally housed a restaurant, bar and supper club and the commercial surface parking lot in the rear and meld all of these parcels into one remarkable new landmark project.
The Harper on Sunset encourages a first of its kind, transformational, vibrant, walkable vision for this Eastern portion of the Sunset Strip. The project will include the first hotel on the East end of the Sunset Strip. The project's mix of uses, architectural design elements, and vibrant innovative signage will enhance the streetscape and significantly improve pedestrian activity along Sunset Boulevard. We anticipate this project will have excess parking available to the public as well as meeting space within the hotel that will also be made available as a public benefit.
The balcony edges and curtainwall mullions serve as grid lines that subtly connect the design of light and media elements of the digital signage with the material and proportions of the building at an elevated scale. Below the corner screen are a pedestrian level cafe, seating areas and art engagements that draw the public into the courtyard levels that spill off the sidewalk. The primary feature in this zone is a dedicated art wall mural conceived as an homage to the Sunset Strip’s long history of iconic neon signage, which will further enhance the street and pedestrian experience of the site.