French architect Jacques Garcia has designed an outpost for hotel brand NoMad in LA’s old Bank of Italy, pairing its ornate ceilings, columns and marble flooring with floral furnishings and planting.
The original 12-storey neoclassical building was completed by architecture firm Morgan, Walls & Clements in 1922 to house the city’s Bank of Italy headquarters, and is regarded a historic landmark.
Leaving the exterior untouched – with noted features including columns along the ground level – Garcia transformed the interior of the building into a 241-bedroom hotel with a restaurant, bar, library, cafe and rooftop pool.
Where possible the architect preserved existing features, like marble flooring and decorative ceilings, and used them as a starting point for the colours and style of the new additions.
NoMad’s lobby-cum-restaurant features coffered ceilings patterned with square indentations, and square pilaster columns that support archways and form ornamental partitions. These are paired with custom-designed chairs and sofas covered in floral patterns, and potted plants raised on podiums.
Black leather sofas and plush purple cushions are found in the Parlour bar, creating a cosy space for guests to enjoy drinks in the evening. Similar tones and dim lighting also feature in the Giannini Bar – which is named after Bank of Italy founder Amadeo Giannini – following a recent trend for dark interiors.