The Rolling Stones landed on the Sunset Strip in December of ‘71. After their famous “exile” from Great Britain, and a short stint in the south of France, the rebellious band of misfits came to LA in hopes of “re-inventing and re-invigorating” their musical muse. This history became the vision and story for what would become 8950 Sunset. A gorgeous, one-of-a-kind 165-room hotel with four residential units, two restaurants, a lobby lounge, whiskey bar, recording studio, function space, hotel spa and a rooftop deck with outdoor lounge areas.
Los Angeles, CA, USA
8950 Sunset Partners
Darrell Long’s design experience while at HBA.
The front desk humbly exists incognito as to not hit you in the face with partitions between staff and guest. With a beautiful clear view of the Downtown LA skyline, the space was opened to create an architectural “lens” to control the guest’s visual directionality.
A saw-tooth arrangement regarding the built-in seating arrangements provides a cool axis that defines the space, adding a figurative sculptural garden to the landscape. A structural mobile was designed to house the liquor and shade the south-southeast elevation by way of a dramatically monumental art piece to which celebrates homage to those who made the sunset strip what it is today.
Open the door to your space. Immediately, you are drawn into a guest room unlike any you have seen before. A quick glance to your keycard reveals you were not accidentally upgraded; this is indeed your basic room. Basic, however, it is not. Premium furniture and finishes gracefully dance within an architecturally innovative space to evoke the sensation of a guest of royalty.
Artwork is handsomely woven into the essence of the guest room. Large powerful pieces set the tone of the room while supporting characters such as lighting fixtures, freestanding objects and architectural materials touch on the complementary undertones.
This space was designed to evoke sexy. Having the seating, water features, fire features and landscape speak to each other with bated breath was the purposeful intention. Under the glimpse of stars, a really stimulating temper appears. This space is designed to bring about an escape from the visual and emotional noise of the Sunset Strip.
Open to the courtyard and exposed to Sunset Boulevard, the Market Restaurant offers a lively retail experience focused on the epicurean lifestyle surrounding wine and spirits. The Sunset storefront directly reveals a hearth oven focused exhibition kitchen that promotes a contemporary coupling of street performance with tastefully culinary artistry.