The Height of Downtown: The Ace Hotel Rooftop Lounge in LAAuthor:Margot Guralnick
This post was originally published on Remodelista
Downstairs at the new Ace Hotel in LA, all is civilized (and inspiring—have a look around). But take the elevator up 14 stories to the rooftop lounge, where the music is playing and a bar and pool await, and things really get going. Remodelista visited a few months ago at 5 p.m. and the place, though only open since January, had been fully discovered. It’s the spot to take in all of downtown.
The new Ace Hotel in LA occupies the 1927 Spanish Gothic United Artists Building, back in the day the tallest tower in the city. The Upstairs cocktail lounge is literally the height of downtown—and the place to take in the city lights and transforming neighborhood. LA design firm Commune, a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory, oversaw the tower’s transformation from top to bottom. The potted tree is a coral tree hung with ceramic lanterns by Adam Silverman of Atwater Pottery.
Above: Commune’s use of concrete tiling in the lounge and pool was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, one of four concrete block houses Wright designed in LA and a setting in Blade Runner. The alcove at the end was created by LA ceramicist Kevin Willis and features pocketed concrete tiles that are brass-lined and hold flickering candles.