The Hospital Club Heads to LA

The Redbury Hollywood in California will be transformed into a collaborative space for creatives. London’s Hospital Club has unveiled plans to open its second outpost within the Los Angeles hotel early next year. Dubbed h.Club LA, the property will be converted into a dedicated space for artists, entrepreneurs and other creatives to connect and innovate. HKS Hospitality Group has been selected as the project’s architect.

An illustration of h.Club LA. Image: Courtesy of h.Club

“LA’s position as a hub of art, culture and creativity makes it the ideal location for the h.Club’s first global extension,” says Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist who co-founded The Hospital Club in 2004. “The Hospital Club is a place where innovators from across the creative disciplines come together to collaborate, push boundaries and cultivate big ideas. h.Club LA will continue this legacy, bringing together a unique location and a truly special experience to the LA community.” (Musician Dave Stewart is The Hospital Club’s other founder.)

Planned for the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, the renovated property will feature similar elements to The Club’s London locale while incorporating new locally inspired details. Referencing the Modern Grand Tour of Europe, h.Club LA will house five floors of spaces designed to showcase creativity. Three dining areas and a rooftop restaurant overlooking Hollywood will be among the property’s F&B offerings. That rooftop venue will lead to a desert garden inspired by those of late English film director Derek Jarman.

Additional amenities will consist of an outdoor pool deck, a tea room, several bars, gym and wellness facilities, co-working spaces, a music studio, a screening room and live performance space. Works by local and international artists from the h.Club Art Program will be curated for the property’s 36 bedrooms, as well as the main club spaces.

“We looked at several properties in the area,” says Luciano Mazza, director of hospitality, architecture for HKS’ London studio. “But as soon as we walked into the Redbury, we immediately realized the great potential of the building. Our mission became to take one icon and transform it into another, but with a new, quite different feel.”

The original Hospital Club is housed within a converted 18th-century hospital in Covent Garden, hence the project’s name.

“The opening of h.Club in the heart of Hollywood positions it to become part of the soul of a vibrant, artistic and entrepreneurial city,” says Kerry Morrison, executive director of the Hollywood Entertainment District. “It is a nexus of the media, technology and music industries and here, h.Club members will find a place where their creative expression is celebrated.”

As part of the project, h.Club’s philanthropic arm, the h.Club Foundation, will facilitate the club’s support of the LA community; a percentage of each member’s joining fee will go towards the foundation’s work, including investing in local youth projects and emerging talent.

Allen acquired the Redbury for $41 million last June, and the 57-key hotel will close this July to begin its $10-plus-million makeover, the Los Angeles Times reports. The hotel’s ground-floor restaurant, Cleo, will remain following renovations, according to Eater LA.