Pro Portfolio: Harper West Hollywood and Ramona Apartments
Every Monday we post a newly built, remodeled or redecorated home with commentary from the designer. This week:
Architect: Ric. Abramson, principal, Workplays Studio Architecture, West Hollywood. Developer: GTO Harper. General contractor: GTO Construction, (310) 314-4880. Structural engineer: Brian Cochran, Weidlinger Associates, Marina del Rey. Landscape design: DSK Landscape Architects, Los Angeles.
Project: Harper West Hollywood, 32 new market-rate homes, and Ramona Apartments, eight rehabilitated housing units for long-term affordable lease
Location: West Hollywood
Architect's description: As the population of metropolitan Los Angeles continues to grow, how can local neighborhoods accommodate much-needed new density while still reflecting on the past?
Harper West Hollywood tries to find equilibrium by integrating new infill units around a historically designated site plan that includes the 1923 Mission Revival-style Ramona Apartments. This project responded to divergent socio-political goals of the city of West Hollywood and its concern over a loss of its cultural heritage, its affordable housing stock and its rental tenant base.
These concerns were balanced with the developer’s economic desire to integrate new market-rate housing stock. The result is a blending of old and new.
Harper West Hollywood reflects a distinctive point of view about dense, infill housing: The desire for efficient construction need not preclude personalization of living units to individual lifestyles. Inspired by the Leland Bryant townhouse apartments of the 1920s, two new residential structures wrap two of the original Ramona Apartments buildings and incorporate a flexible approach to high-density development.
For a look inside and to see the original Ramona Apartments, keep reading ...
Above: A courtyard view of Ramona Apartments, 1923 Mission Revival-style.
Inside the new Hancock West Hollywood: Open-plan living includes floor-to-ceiling glass for natural light.
The contemporary kitchen has an island for entertaining.
A master bedroom.
In the master bathroom of this unit, the countertop extends through the frosted glass window.
Above: The concept for the sunscreen and stair stoop feature.
Openings in sunscreens allow for visual connections between homes.
A projecting balcony provides an elevated overlook.
Evening panorama with the Sunset Strip beyond.
-- Compiled by Lisa Boone
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