photography courtesy of palisociety

Electric Bowery was immediately inspired by Silver Lake’s historical legacy as a magnet for iconoclasts and its reputation as the Bohemian epicenter of Los Angeles. The warm and sunny climate, over 50 storybook staircases knitting the lush hills together, and the eclectic personalities of locals that Silver Lake Pool & Inn would soon attract all contributed to the design elements and overarching desire to create an informal and melodious meeting place in the neighborhood.

In addition to Silver Lake’s history and natural landscaping, inspiration came from a myriad of eclectic sources. The work of Luis Barragán, a pioneer of Mexican Modernism, was frequently referenced for his genius in eliciting tranquility from clean lines, natural materials, color and use of light.

This feeling was achieved through Electric Bowery’s use of natural, handmade and vintage elements, sunset tones and open, inviting spaces, ultimately creating a place to connect, create and relax.

The Southern California climate allowed for most social spaces to be outdoors, with intimate and casual seating in the garden-like atmosphere within verdant, cascading terraces joined together by exterior staircases, echoing the local context.

Flagstone flooring and handmade Moroccan and Italian tilework within tree-covered courtyards create intimate oases in which locals and tourists alike find themselves at ease and refreshed. Electric Bowery tied the exterior spaces together with smooth finish plaster & vintage stucco, paying homage to the Mexican influence on Southern Californian architecture.

Within the hotel guest rooms, a warm and singularly Californian ethos was achieved through custom millwork, handmade Moroccan tile, and terrazzo nightstands and vanities commissioned by Concrete Collaborative.

A sense of spaciousness and warmth was achieved by optimizing natural light and supplementing with vintage-inspired floor lamps, sconces and fixtures by ANDlight.

Armchairs made of leather and wood, prints by Blockshop and Alexandra Berg, and Laure Joliet photography animate the space while live plants and antique rugs unique to each room accomplish Electric Bowery’s desire for every guest to experience subtly distinct decorative elements.

A cactus garden inset within the hotel and exterior stairways connecting the outside terraces blur the line between exterior and interior space, creating a social sanctuary within the urban Silver Lake context.