Architect John Portman -
Westin Bonaventure Hotel Los Angeles
Los Angeles, Calif.
-- The top floor has a
revolving restaurant and observation level.
Architect John Portman claims influence by the
writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and teachings of
Frank Lloyd Wright with focus on the systems by
which buildings are organized with organic unity as
a design ideal.
Bonaventure Hotel; John Portman & Associates,
1976; largest hotel in Los Angeles is 367 feet (112
meters) tall and has 35 floors.
Portman believes that architecture
is a comprehensive discipline that should shape and
direct all aspects of life. Portman received the
City Association Award for this project.
John Portman created the Westin Bonaventure in Los
Angeles, some heralded the design while others
complained that it was out of place for L.A. We find
it one of the bright spots, along with the Walt
Disney Concert Hall that was recently completed
under the direction of L.A. based Architect Frank
Portman has never
shied from controversy and as a result, his projects
have become increasingly larger, more dramatic and
spectacular through time. Portman meets
commercial success and is sought out in countries
such as China where the need for living and
commercial space grows daily.
Portman continues to rise to new heights in
spectacular, world-class projects in China, the
United States and elsewhere. Designing mixed used
projects to stand out, yet blend with incredibly
diverse city landscapes of one of the world's
largest cities, Shanghai, Portman is no stranger to
China's penchant for beautiful buildings that are
anything but understated. In the heart of one of the
world's great financial centers that features an
incredibly cosmopolitan environment, Portman's
unique blend of towering objects mixed with smaller
structures and spaces, will continue to enhance
Shanghai with the project, Shanghai Jin Hongqiao
International Center. If you have the opportunity to
see L.A., add Shanghai to your list of the finest
cities to visit for studies in architecture and the
great works of Architect John Portman.
John Portman hotels
New York Marriott Marquis, Hyatt Regency
San Francisco, Le Meridien San Francisco, J.W.
Marriott San Francisco, Atlanta Marriott Marquis,
Westin Peachtree Plaza,
Hyatt Regency Atlanta, The
Westin Charlotte, Westin Warsaw Hotel, Hyatt Regency
Hangzhou, The Regent Singapore.
John Portman mixed
use projects include: San Francisco's
Embarcadero Center (Design in Steel Award, American
Iron and Steel Institute, 1975), Beijing Yintai
Centre, Shanghai Centre, and Shanghai Jin Hongqiao
International Center. Projects sport columns,
cylinders, spires, obelisks and other dramatic
shapes and often include unique, reflective exterior