West Harbor
Port of Los Angeles
The public’s window onto a working waterfront. A mile-long promenade in San Pedro Bay, for strolling, people watching, grabbing a bite, seeing a show, taking in the sea air
Project Details


Port of Los Angeles

Practice Theme

Building Community + Place

What We Did



42 Acres, 375,000 sq.ft., One-mile of direct waterfront access, four acres of outdoor park and recreation space, and 6,000-seat amphitheater
The project is located in San Pedro, CA at the previous Ports O’ Call, a beloved Los Angeles landmark that had fallen into disrepair.

Improvements to the site in its original form presented several challenges, including structures that had suffered marine degradation over the years and soil that needed extensive remediation. The buildings were not flexible enough to meet current tenant needs, and their positioning on the site precluded a continuous waterfront promenade for visitors, an integral part of the Port of LA’s Town Square and Promenade Master Plan.

Previous Ports O’Call Village constructed in 1963

The newly designed sheds and promenade capture the essence of this dynamic working port’s industrial, gritty nature, with references to containers, scaffolding, and mercantile buildings found in the area.

Building upon the social and communal nature of the project, Studio One Eleven has also conceptualized the design of a 6000-seat outdoor stage and festival lawn, at the southern tip of the site, that will be a destination anchor for the project and the San Pedro community.

One of our critical tasks was to work directly with incoming tenants to conceptualize how to inhabit the sheds, giving them character and interest while making them operationally functional. This work included modifying each shed with unique storefront openings, mezzanines, and view decks. In addition, Studio One Eleven will design a large beer garden and interiors for one of the new anchor tenants, Mike Hess Brewery, as well as the tenant improvements for several others.

This project recognizes LA’s identity as a port town. West Harbor will be the public’s window into a working waterfront, a dynamic place of commerce and activity within the civic landscape. In addition, this is going to be a destination that draws people from all over the region, giving Angelenos a chance to experience the city from a different vantage point.

Construction begins for waterfront West Harbor development in San Pedro

Urbanize LA

Bark Social to bring fun for dogs, owners to West Harbor in San Pedro

Daily Breeze

Daily digest: Studio One Eleven to design waterfront L.A. amphitheater, Ottawa’s Block 2 finalists revealed, and more

The Architect’s Newspaper

San Pedro Waterfront Development Developers Promise Originally, Individuality, and Fun.

Daily Breeze

Here’s a look at the amphitheater planned for the L.A. Waterfront

Urbanize LA

First buildings going up at San pedro’s West Harbor complex

Urbanize LA

7 Leases Signed for San Pedro’s West Harbor

Los Angeles Business Journal

Hollywood Icon Yamashiro Restaurant Heading to the Waterfront

Los Angeles Times

San Pedro’s Ports O’Call was Torn Down. A New Waterfront is Finally Taking Shape.

Los Angeles Times

A working waterfront in California is about to get revitalized by reconnecting it to the city and to the Oregon-Mexico trail system

Revitalization Magazine

West Harbor in San Pedro poised to enter the final stretch of waterfront push

West Harbor’s first structure rises on San Pedro waterfront

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