CHRISTOPHER HAWTHORNE REVIEWS ONE SANTA FE
IN THE LA TIMES
Los Angeles Times’ architectural critic Christopher Hawthorne gave extensive coverage to MMA’s One Santa Fe (OSF) project in downtown Los Angeles, writing that the building “is a fractal of contemporary Los Angeles architecture, the fragment that both contains and helps explain the whole.” Hawthorne examined the architectural and urban impact of the 510,000 square foot, 438-unit mixed-use development on the adjacent Arts District neighborhood and the architectural context of Los Angeles as a whole.
The OSF mixed-use development creates a programmatic amalgam of new residential, retail, and community spaces. Located along the eastern edge of downtown, the building extends along Santa Fe Avenue, stretching from the 1st Street Bridge south towards 4th Street. More than a quarter mile in length, the building echoes the linear forms of the surrounding regional infrastructure which includes the Los Angeles River, rail lines, & the former freight depot that is now home to SCI-Arc.
The OSF project team is composed of executive architect KTGY Group, Inc.; owner Canyon Capital Realty Advisors; developers McGregor-Brown Company, Polis Builders Ltd., Cowley Real Estate Partners; and contractor Bernards. Currently under construction, Phase 1 of the project was completed in September 2014 with two subsequent phases to be completed this year.