Metro Westside Extension

Los Angeles, CA
Torti Gallas’ Urban Design Vision unifies the subway line through a cohesive urban design and development concept.

The “Subway to the Sea” will provide integrated heavy rail service throughout the western Los Angeles metropolitan region. The existing Purple Line will be extended westward from mid-Wilshire to Santa Monica, and possibly link to the Red Line in Hollywood.

Torti Gallas led the urban design effort of the subway extension to help determine the best alignment of the rail system and locations of new stations. The team created a set of Design Guidelines that will apply to the station areas as well as the 1/4 mile transit-oriented-development areas surrounding each of them.

To develop the Urban Design Guidelines, a multitude of factors were considered. The extension will run through 4 cities (Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica). The local character and identity of each of these cities were thoughtfully balanced with the need for unity for rider legibility throughout the system, .

Torti Gallas also led a series of Technical Advisory Committee meetings with staff from the four cities, as well as the “visualization” effort with photo-simulations, renderings, diagrammatic sketches, and station area design schemes.

A series of Station Typologies were defined to help craft the overall design aesthetic and vision for the new line. Metro will use this design framework as part of its application for state and federal construction funds.

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project data
11 acre site
175,000 sf total building area
expanded congregational center - seating for 500
30,000 sf commercial that includes office space for 2 non-profit entities
10,000 sf community space that includes a 1/2 basketball court
5,000 sf of classroom space for day and night classes
99 affordable residential units - 81 affordable; 18 permanent supportive housing units
87 parking spaces on-site (garage)
bike parking
2,500 sf of retail with sit-down restaurant and culinary arts training facility
long-term transitional housing for veterans
food pantry
Community / Stakeholder Meetings
Conceptual Architectural Design
Code Analysis
Feasibility / Yield Analysis
Corridor Plans
Urban Design
Town Information Modeling
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