Developer Plans $500M Landmark Office Building In Heart Of Hollywood

Named The Star, the MAD Architects-designed building would take inspiration from "the curvilinear forms" of local landmarks like the Griffith Observatory, Capitol Records Building, Hollywood Bowl, and the Cinerama Dome
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A developer filed plans Thursday for a $500 million creative office campus in the heart of Hollywood named The Star.

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Designed by MAD Architects, the project is being led by site owner The Star LLC, a family company led by Maggie Gong Miracle that acquired the project site for about $64 million in 2017, according to state business and county property records. It would rise 22 stories replace a series of office buildings on several parcels just northeast of the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and North Gower Street, a site that includes 6061 Sunset Blvd.

Both the developer and architect for The Star say they envision it being Hollywood’s next landmark and at the forefront of a new, post-pandemic wave of office buildings.

“Since Hollywood is the birthplace of the entertainment industry, The Star’s prime location on Sunset Boulevard and its unique design present an unparalleled opportunity for a major company to make a bold statement and proudly plant their flag in the rightful home of entertainment in LA,” Edgar Khalatian, a representative for the developer, said in a released statement.

At about 500,000 square feet, The Star would feature ample landscaping designed by SALT Landscape Architects, as well a funicular cable rail running from a green roof at the building’s base up to restaurant and event space inside a “terrarium-like rooftop dome” with 360-degree views of Los Angeles, according to the project team.

Other specific features include a series of sky gardens, as well as terraced green spaces at the property’s street level.

According to MAD Architects, which is known locally for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and globally for designs like that for the Harbin Opera House in China, The Star’s design would take inspiration from other local landmarks like the Griffith Observatory and Capitol Records Building.

“The Star is both a testament and addition to the city’s iconic architecture,” MAD Architects founder Ma Yansong said in a statement. “Inspired by the curvilinear forms of the Griffith Observatory, Capitol Records Building, Hollywood Bowl, and the Cinerama Dome, it asserts a new typology for the office of the future.”

The project team says The Star would be the first ground-up WELL-certified building in Los Angeles specifically engineered for the post-COVID environment, emphasizing flexible floor plans, access to nature, and operational systems meant to create a healthy work environment.

“The Star is an iconic, new creative office development designed to be a modern landmark in Hollywood and the future home to a global entertainment company,” a new interactive project website reads.

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Dean Boerner

Dean Boerner is a California-based writer previously with Bisnow and the San Francisco Business Times. He received his bachelor's degree in economics and business from Saint Mary's College of California, where he also served as the editor-in-chief of The Collegian, the school's campus newspaper. Before that, he spent two years as the publication's sports editor, and he remains a committed fan, for better or worse, of his Sacramento Kings, San Francisco Giants, and Saint Mary's Gaels.
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