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Santa Monica Place

  • Santa Monica, California 2010
  • Site Area: 10 acres | Total Building Area: 524,000 sq ft

It may be the first mall remodel project that actually transforms an existing mall into an urban place. The new Santa Monica Place changes an obsolete, enclosed, multi-level mall into a dynamic urban heart that celebrates the cultural and geographic openness that makes Santa Monica a great place to live, work, play and visit. 

Commissioned by Macerich to ren­ovate the outdated mall, The Jerde Partnership set out to create a vibrant and intimate public setting rather than a shopping center. Blending timeless urban principles that predate conventional malls with its organic approach to retail design, Jerde carefully and intricately wove the project into the existing city fabric. The firm opened up the mall by removing the roof, creating generous open spaces, and establishing pedes­trian connections that extend the famous Third Street Promenade and strengthen the surrounding city core. By incorporating forms, materials, and landscaping found throughout the city, Jerde enhanced the project's natural fit, both aesthetically and functionally, in the seaside village of Santa Monica. 

The new Santa Monica Place replaces a dead mall with a vibrant, open-air district that fills in a vital missing piece within thriving downtown Santa Monica. By seamlessly connecting its popular and diverse surrounding uses, creating new public spaces, and attracting a new caliber of retail tenants, including new department store anchor concepts, it will become the hub of Santa Monica and create a new destination in greater Los Angeles. 

Client: Macerich
Design Architect: JERDE 
Executive Architect(s): Omniplan; SMS Architects (Arclight Cinema)

Project Uses:
  • Entertainment
  • Retail
  • Dining

Santa Monica Place

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Santa Monica Place


  • 2013VIVA Best-of-the-Best AwardICSC International Council of Shopping Centers
  • 2012Urban Regeneration Awards, Long-listWorld Architecture News
  • 2012Gold Award, Sustainable DesignICSC International Council of Shopping Centers
  • 2012Gold Award, Renovation or Expansion of an Existing ProjectICSC International Council of Shopping Centers
  • 2012Global Awards for Excellence, FinalistUrban Land Institute
  • 2012Best High Street Retail ProjectMAPIC
  • 2011Honorable Mention for New Open Air CenterSADI: Superior Design in Award and Imaging
  • 2011California Grand Award, Best Retail ProjectPCBC Gold Nugget Awards
  • 2011California Best Retail ProjectLos Angeles Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Awards
  • 2011California Best Retail ProjectLos Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards
  • 2011California Award of Merit, Best Retail ProjectPCBC Gold Nugget Awards
  • 2010California Reinventing Retail AwardWestside Urban Forum
  • 2010California Best Retail ProjectSouthern California Development Forum 2010 Design Awards
  • 2008Los Angeles Architectural Awards Retail AwardLos Angeles Business Council