Two South Bay buildings were honored as part of the Los Angeles Business Council’s 49th Annual Architectural Awards June 21.
The westdrift Manhattan Beach earned a hospitality/attractions award while the Strand and Pier Hotel in Hermosa Beach, which is currently in the draft environmental review stages, won for its design concept.
“This year’s award winners exemplify how architecture can elicit joy, enhance social interaction, promote meaningful experiences and provide essential housing,” said Mary Leslie, President of LABC.
Winners in 23 design categories were chosen from hundreds of submissions by a jury panel of industry experts, according to a statement from the LABC.
“The 2019 Architectural Awards was our most exceptional yet with world-class entries and designs that push boundaries and create spaces that foster connection and community,” Leslie added.
The westdrift Manhattan Beach, an "Autograph Collection" hotel by Marriott, opened in March 2018, featuring features 392 rooms, a nine-hole golf course and restaurant led by famous chef Octavio Sabado.
The luxury hotel received a AAA Four Diamond rating from the Automobile Club of Southern California this May for its “refined, stylish, with upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail," according to the auto club.
The Strand and Pier Hotel has yet to be approved by the city of Hermosa Beach or the California Coastal Commission.
The proposed three-story, beach-front boutique hotel between 13th Street and Pier Plaza will provide 100 hotel rooms and approximately 22,461 square feet of retail, restaurant and public use space.