The initial proposals, marked by theme park-y saturated colors and nods to the berths of the 1950s and 60s, were eventually replaced by renderings below that offer a more warehouse, earth tone-centric aesthetic.
Those then-new plans were unveiled last year by the Ratkovich Company and Jerico Development, the partnership forming the LA Waterfront Alliance overseeing the project, as the Ports O' Call area was undergoing demolition to make way for the project. Shown at the Warner Theatre in San Pedro, the designs drew both applause and raised eyebrows. (Those designs included Rapt Studio as its design architect, James Corner Field Operations, the landscape architect firm working on the master planning for the project, and Adamson & Assoc. serving as Executive Architect.)
The unveiling revealed stark contrasts to initial proposals, entirely eschewing homage to the area's nautical past and instead aiming for a glass-and-metal look with large, steel A-frames that encase massive expanses of retail and restaurant space.
The third batch of renderings—set at the current price tag of $150M—were a mixture of the previous, hyper-contemporary iteration and a return to a more rustic look, with corrugated metals, earth tones, and large logos being paired with an expanded patio section, more outdoor dining space and container kitchens, and play areas to accommodate visitors with children and dogs.
The fourth-and final?—set of renderings mute the rust colors while stripping down the warehouse look by contemporizing their structures with wood and metal beams, glass, and whites.
"By making port space public space for everyone, from joggers to boaters to cyclists to walkers, we're connecting San Pedrans, Angelenos, and out-of-towners ready to celebrate small businesses, local restaurants, and community," stated the project team at Jerico.
Other highlights of the project include:
- Fisherman's Park, a 3-acre pedestrian promenade that includes trails, bicycle paths, water features and more.
- Some 600 feet of continuous courtesy boat slips, bike and scooter paths, along with pedestrian and jogging paths providing direct waterfront access along the Market Walk.
- The possible moving of the USS Iowa from its northern docking slip and into the market space, acting as a direct attraction while also freeing up its former space to attract another cruise line.
- The possible incorporation of the famed Red Trolley, depending on the initial economic performance of the market.
West Harbor is to hopefully open in late 2023.