Located in City West, a rapidly redeveloping neighborhood just north of downtown Los Angeles, Be DTLA’s (formerly known as Sofia) articulated contemporary design has ties to the existing architectural context. Negotiating the sloping 4 acre site required complex shoring to accommodate two levels of subterranean parking with seven stories of double podium residential and commercial above. 606 “ground up” apartments range from studios to 3-bedroom units. In addition, 42 historic rehab units are located on site in a 1920’s medical office building, which is the original design of AC Martin. Emphasis was placed on pedestrian connectivity with significant landscaped courtyards and paseos. 26,000 SF of retail space including a grocery store and a public plaza facing 6th Street add to the list of amenities including a two-level fitness center, clubhouse, rooftop pool/spa terrace and even a “speak-easy”.