Monday, January 28, 2008

A Facelift for Santa Monica Place

Originally & surprisingly designed by Frank Gehry, Santa Monica Place opened in 1980.

After two renovations in 1990 and 1996, this 557,000 square foot mall will officially close its doors on the 31st of January.

THE PLAN: Santa Monica Place will undergo a drastic transformation to become an outdoor shopping area. The space will be converted to an outdoor mall in order to better connect with shoppers on the adjacent Third Street Promenade. In addition to taking advantage of the area’s ocean views, the design will better reflect the interests of this unique community, as well as create a dynamic environment that makes the most of the urban, beachside setting.

I've heard plans for condos in the Santa Monica Place redevelopement, but nothing has been confirmed on the official website.

I've also heard that that the new shops will be geared toward that of designers and high end luxury brands. The mall will be very upscale.

The renderings for the new Santa Monica Place look amazing... check out the link below for a complete visual tour:


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