Angels Landing

Client The Peebles Corporation, MacFarlane Partners, Claridge Properties
Location Los Angeles, CA
Project Type Residential, Hotel, Mixed-Use, Retail
Status In Design

Handel Architects' 88-story tower at Angels Landing will be a bookend to the Downtown Los Angeles skyline.

Angels Landing is Handel Architects' newest mixed-use project in Downtown Los Angeles. It includes a variety of uses clustered around a large amount of public open space, which is being designed by Olin. Plans include 650 residential units, two hotels, a new K-5 public charter school operated by Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise, and 50,000 sq. ft. of retail. The site, most recently home to the temporary park known as Angels Knoll, was previously intended to be part of a re-development project decades ago.

On an urban scale, the project strives to connect the various neighborhoods that converge at this location, including the Financial District, the Historic Core, the Cultural District and Civic Center. By using the buildings’ architecture and landscaping, the design encourages the fluid movement of people into and through the site’s many building lobbies, retail storefronts and plazas.The design approach is based on a number of key factors: the re-interpretation of the arrival plaza at the Pershing Square Metro Station; enhancement of the pedestrian experience of riding the Angels Flight funicular; and creating a more lively pedestrian experience to and from California Plaza and its adjacent office buildings.


The podium is composed of a series of cantilevered floors and terraced levels that gradually reach upwards to California Plaza. 

The floorplate configurations vary and undulate along the plaza to create unique spaces for circulation, planting, and gathering. The formation of the cantilevered spaces hovering over the Hill Street Plaza and fronting the Pershing Street Metro Portal create a variety of shade opportunities.

Rising above the podium are two towers, organized to act as a gateway into the project site. The lower tower is located along 4th Street and is set back from the corner of Hill Street, while the taller tower is located on the north side of the parcel and is located closer to the street edge. At 88-stories, this tower will be one of the tallest structures on the skyline. The juxtaposition of the two towers creates a dynamic composition within the overall context and provides visual identity from the surrounding context. In addition, the two towers are linked by a pedestrian bridge twelve floors above Angels Terrace, providing visual punch to the composition.

The architectural expression of each tower is defined by the design of the exterior wall, which correlates with the program.

The lower hotel tower incorporates a horizontal balcony feature that wraps around the building to create strong bands along the exterior. At the base of the taller tower where the hotel is located, the exterior is expressed by an identical balcony design, creating a dialogue between the two structures. Above, the banding on the tower turns vertical by using protruding vertical fins that appear as layered screens in front of a horizontal substructure, exposing balconies at the corners of the floor plates.

Angels Landing is a development where urban design and architectural are fused together to create a world class development and a new landmark for the City of Los Angeles.