Six months after breaking ground in the Arts District, construction is going vertical at a new office complex from Los Angeles-based developer Lowe.

The new project, a joint venture with Related Fund Management, is rising from a property at 2130 E. Violet Street that previously served as a scrap metal yard.  Approved plans call for the construction of a nine-story building featuring 113,000 square feet of offices above a 275-car garage and 3,400 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.


Ware Malcomb is designing the concrete-framed building, which takes cues from the architecture of surrounding industrial buildings.  The finished building will have an exterior of exposed concrete with steel details, and a green wall masking part of its parking podium.  Plans also call for a large rooftop deck.

As part of the project, Lowe is also required to make off-site improvements to Violet Street, including the addition of sidewalks, crosswalks, lighting, landscaping, and a traffic signal.

Construction is on pace for completion in early 2022.

The project is the latest in a series of new office developments in the works for the Arts District, spurred by the arrival of notable tenants such as Spotify and Warner Music Group.

North across Violet Street, Onni Group is planning a larger mixed-use project which would also include a significant block of office space.

One block south at Bay Street, developers Jade Enterprises and Tishman Speyer are planning two developments which would include offices, in addition to street-fronting commercial uses.

The Violet Street office building is Lowe's second major project in the Arts District, following the Garey apartments located on 1st Street.  The firm is also developing a $350-million mixed-use complex next to the E Line in Culver City.