ONE BEVERLY HILLS
A horticulturally-rich terrain and lush escape for Beverly Hills
RIOS, in collaboration with Foster + Partners, share a design vision for unifying the landmark corridor that is set to become the western gateway to Beverly Hills. If approved by public process, One Beverly Hills will be a dynamic mixed-use development unlike any other on the West Coast.
Shaped by sinuous curves and lush overflowing gardens, the ambitious 17.5-acre project owned by Alagem Capital Group and Cain International would link the Waldorf Astoria and Beverly Hilton together with a new luxury hotel, two residential towers, a retail pavilion, conference center, and public botanical gardens.
The concept by Lord Norman Foster envisions an immersive verdant oasis in the center of a sprawling Los Angeles. Designed for LEED Platinum and WELL certifications, the mixed-use development sees integration of sustainable systems as a key feature to its success.
As the landscape architects, RIOS imagines the gardens as a nexus for wellbeing to maximize the wellness of people and ecology. Eight of the 10 acres of open space at One Beverly Hills would be transformed into a series of lush landscapes to provide essential habitat for wildlife and flowing garden spaces for patrons. If approved, this orchestrated collection of plants, water features, and winding paths will envelop the site showcasing glimpses of greenery at every turn.
The gardens would reprise the site’s historical use as the Beverly Hills Nursery, and curate an eclectic collection of plants based on nine diverse and distinct Southern California landscapes. At its heart, RIOS imagines 4.2 acres of public botanical garden lifted from the busy streets and onto its very own protected podium.
Each garden, carefully developed to showcase species unique to its theme, would maintain 75% of the selected plants as water wise. In addition to choosing climatically adapted plants, all water used for landscaping would be a combination of reclaimed water and storm run-off generated from on-site amenities.
The intentional focus on implementing sustainable systems within the project is to promote the health of the local ecology, residents, and guests of One Beverly Hills.