Third and Traction


Arts District, DTLA
32,800 SF
Project Team
Trevor Abramson, FAIA
Douglas Teiger, AIA
Marco Marraccini, RA
Ryan Novi
Michael den Hartog

Rooftop Activation in Downtown Los Angeles

The existing site consists of two character-rich, formerly industrial buildings within an emerging urban neighborhood. The property owners hoped to capitalize on their pedestrian-friendly location by converting the underused structures into a multi-tenant, mixed-use complex that exudes the neighborhood’s vitality.

The new design enhances the site’s permeability by programming the lower building’s rooftop with an indoor/outdoor restaurant. Stairways allow pedestrians to flow from the sidewalk onto the building and back down into a courtyard. This courtyard is similarly activated with fast-casual tenants and outdoor seating.

Above all the new commercial activity, live/ work units offer industrial character and contemporary amenities, including a vegetated rooftop with sweeping downtown views.