Just east of the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the just finished L.A. Metro Portal and Plaza is the newest addition to the one of the world’s most famous stretches of urban streetscape. Rios Clementi Hale Studios was commissioned to create a covered entryway for an existing Metro subway stop, and an engaging plaza surrounding it. Bordered on three sides by a multi-use project, the entry canopy and adjacent common areas artfully merge into the ground plane of Hollywood Boulevard, serving as a pedestrian threshold and grand “front door” for the elegant W Hollywood Hotel and W Residences—which rise up just behind—and a gracious arrival point for Metro Red Line riders.
Within this urban context, the plaza and portal find common ground between the public, egalitarian ethos of the transit station, and the exclusive nature of the W Hollywood Hotel and W Residences. The design of the plaza successfully mediates this interface of users and activities without ever physically separating or severing the spatial experience. This creates an environment that satisfies the diverse groups converging, and links Hollywood’s iconic past to its revitalized present.