IBI Group provided full architectural services for this mixed-use project in Long Beach, California. The project combines 400 residential units with creative offices, artist galleries, restaurants, food and retail uses.
LocationLong Beach, CA
Transforming downtown Long Beach
Envisioned as a civic contribution that connects people to a rich urban experience, Broadway Block is a $215 million development that is located in the heart of downtown Long Beach. The project marks one of the city’s largest developments and holds a total of 700,000 sq. ft. It transforms a once-empty parking lot into a 23-story tower on 3rd Street and a seven-story structure along Broadway. Combined, it will provide 400 residential units with art galleries, restaurants, food and retail space, creative offices, and parking for 582 vehicles.
To promote a walkable downtown, the heart of the Broadway Block is an engaging pair of “paseos” open to the public, linking three diverse and vibrant inner-block courtyards to surrounding streets, and a light rail stop connecting downtown Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles. Unlike most mixed-use projects of this scale, there is no “mall” or shopping street. Instead, there is a series of five interlocked courtyards or urban rooms. Each courtyard has its own distinct function and personality. The historic one-story Acres of Books Building at the heart of the block is repurposed and surrounded by a mix of low- and high-rise structures.
Energy efficiency and sustainability are integral to the Broadway Block concept. The tower is located on the north, and lower-scaled buildings are on the south to allow abundant winter sunlight and natural warmth to penetrate the paseo and courtyards.