LOS ANGELES (October 24, 2020)— Bond Companies was honored at the 50th Anniversary Los Angeles Architectural Awards, winning the Commercial Office & Headquarters in recognition of Second Home Hollywood. The virtual gala hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council on October 22, recognized teams of architects, contractors, owners and developers for setting new standards of design excellence.
“The LABC hosts these awards every year because we believe through great design, imagination, and teamwork we can build more vibrant, livable communities across our city,” said Mary Leslie, president of the Los Angeles Business Council.
Located at 1370 N St Andrews Place, Second Home Hollywood was selected for the Commercial Office & Headquarters award which recognizes Bond Companies’ achievements in the Los Angeles region and beyond while celebrating the community impact of the built worlds on our quality of life. Second Home Hollywood was one of 23 winners in a competitive selection process from hundreds of projects by an esteemed blind jury panel representing a cross-section of industry experts including architects, construction firms, owners and developers.
Second Home Hollywood is a one-of-a-kind collaboration involving cutting-edge construction and forward-looking design to create LA’s newest creative hothouse. Located in East Hollywood, the co-working space is described as the “densest urban forest” on the West Coast with over 6,500 plants on a 2-acre site.
This year, the South Park Historic East Area Renovation in downtown Los Angeles took home the Grand Prize, the first time in the awards’ long history that a landscape or park design has received top honors. A municipal design team led by the L.A. Department of Water and Power and the city’s Bureau of Engineering’s Architectural Division headed the park renovation, which transformed a grassless, dormant park into an expansive greenspace, framed by winding paths and towering palm trees.
Thom Mayne, founder partner of Morphosis, received the Legacy Award. Founded in 1972, the firm has been recognized for its imaginative and sustainable designs for cultural, civic and academic institutions. Mayne’s many design recognitions include the prestigious Pritzker Prize and AIA Gold Medal.
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, an architectural tour de force under construction in Exposition Park, won the Community Impact Award, one the first awards bestowed to the museum. Accepting the award on behalf of the Lucas team was Sandra Jackson-Dumont, director and CEO of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The museum is designed by former LABC Architectural Award keynote speaker and winner Ma Yansong of Mad Architects. The Lucas museum is committed to hiring a diverse and local workforce, sourcing and hiring local, minority, and women-owned businesses. More than 70 percent of construction workers on the project live in L.A. County.
Many other winning projects were transformative in nature, highlighting the importance of innovative design that enlivens spaces and brings new energy to the city.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the LABC hosted the awards as its first virtual award ceremony, with hundreds of participants logging onto the digital celebration. Representatives from Bond Companies joined leading architects, city officials, and business leaders in attendance.
Speaking live from Copenhagen, the international architectural icon Dorte Mandrup – whose portfolio includes an unprecedented five UNESCO World Heritage-related buildings – delivered the keynote address. Her remarks centered on architecture shaped by unique natural environments and the threat of climate change.
In another departure from past ceremonies, the LABC changed the rules to award one winner and one finalist for each category. For a full list of honorees and pictures of the winning projects, please visit the Los Angeles Business Council website at www.labusinesscouncil.org.
About the Los Angeles Business Council
The Los Angeles Business Council is one of the most effective and influential advocacy and educational organizations in California. For over 70 years, the LABC has had a major impact on public policy by harnessing the power of business and government to promote environmental and economic sustainability in the Los Angeles region. To learn more, please visit www.labusinesscouncil.org.