Mall owners plan to convert much of the mall into creative offices starting this year
The Westside Pavilion shopping mall will soon be home to nearly 600,000 square feet of Google offices, mall owners announced today.
Google has signed a 14-year lease for the entirety of the office space, which will be known as One Westside when it is complete in 2022. This adds to an already long roster of office space Google is already renting on the Westside.
One Westside will be “a first-of-its-kind conversion” from shopping mall to creative office space, according to Macerich and Hudson Pacific Properties, which own the mall.
Hudson Pacific and Macerich plan to begin converting the mall into offices later this year.
The Gensler-designed project will reuse the mall’s existing high ceilings, multi-level atrium, and skylights. Outdoor terraces with giant accordion-style glass doors and a rooftop lounge will also be features of the completed office development.
“Google’s selection of One Westside demonstrates the strength of the Los Angeles tech and media industries, and exemplifies the type of creative office space that is in demand from large tech and media tenants,” Victor Coleman, chairman and CEO of Hudson Pacific Properties, said in a statement.
Hudson Pacific Properties and Macerich announced in May that they would be repurposing much of the mall into office space. The plan came in the wake of the mall’s flagging occupancy rates—an epidemic among indoor malls across the country.
Previously, Macerich mulled the idea of renovating the mall and making it more open, but that plan never got off the ground.
The Rancho Park mall is located close to the Westwood/Rancho Park Expo Line station—a much more transit-convenient location than Google’s recently opened offices in the former Spruce Goose hangar in tech-filled Playa Vista. Google moved into that space, which measures more than 500,000 square feet, in October.
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Source: Curbed LA – All