Last year, the launch of a new website revealed a new look for 8850 Sunset Boulevard, the proposed mixed-use development which would rise at the site of West Hollywood's iconic Viper Room. Now, that same website sheds light on further changes to the project.
Slated for the south side of the Sunset Strip between Larrabee Street and San Vicente Boulevard, the proposed project from Silver Creek Development was most recently pitched as mid-rise structure featuring a 113-room hotel with meeting rooms, amenities, retail, and a new space for the Viper Room, as well as 26 market-rate condominiums and eight units of affordable housing.
The revised plan, as now detailed on the website, should the hotel to just 90 guest rooms - though retaining its expected five-star rating - while increasing the amount of housing proposed to 62 market-rate homes and 14 affordable units.
This is the second iteration of the development program, which had originally called for 115 hotel rooms accompanied by 41 condominiums - with 10 affordable units. That original vision, designed by Morphosis, would have incorporated a pair of 200-foot-tall buildings bridged by a rooftop terrace featuring restaurant space and amenities.
The current iteration of the project, as well as the more modest concept that preceded it, is designed by Arquitectonica. While still a contemporary 11-story edifice, featuring open-air dining at the roof level, and additional eateries accompanying the relocated Viper Room at street level, the revised plan discards the boxy frame of the prior design, adding undulating balconies that provide facade texture and lead to a cascading series of terrace decks on the upper floors.
Plans also call for a new public plaza at the street level, as well as a central breezeway which cuts through the building toward a park-like space off of Sunset Boulevard. Relm is serving as the project's landscape architect.
Silver Creek, which acquired the 8850 Sunset site for $80 million in 2017, is expected to build the project over an approximately three-year period. However, a precise timeline for the development remains unclear at this point in time.
8850 follows a series of similar hotel-condominium projects on the Sunset Strip, including the Edition Hotel & Residences and the Pendry Hotel & Residences, and new projects in the works at 8240 and 9034 Sunset Boulevard. The site also sits a short distance east of the proposed site of the West Hollywood Arts Club, a new outpost of the London Arts Club.
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