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Pro Portfolio: Harper West Hollywood and Ramona Apartments

April 4, 2011 |  8:24 am

10 Mezzanine Lofts Units

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.

18 Stair stoop_sunscreens 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 ...

 2 Site PlanThe plan links new housing with the original Ramona Apartments.


3  Ramona Apartments court

Above: A courtyard view of Ramona Apartments, 1923 Mission Revival-style.


13 Living

Inside the new Hancock West Hollywood: Open-plan living includes floor-to-ceiling glass for natural light.


14 Kitchen

The contemporary kitchen has an island for entertaining.


15 Bedroom

A master bedroom.

16 Bathroom

In the master bathroom of this unit, the countertop extends through the frosted glass window.


   17 Suncreen+Stoop sketch  

 Above: The concept for the sunscreen and stair stoop feature.


19 Screen detail

Openings in sunscreens allow for visual connections between homes.

9  Balcony close up 

A projecting balcony provides an elevated overlook.

6 Building IV + Ramona Site Section Above: The rendering shows the inclusion of "crossover units" along with the mezzanine loft at the top.


11 View at dusk 

Evening panorama with the Sunset Strip beyond.

-- Compiled by Lisa Boone

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Photos: Workplays Studio Architecture, Geoff Captain Studios, Bruce Burr Photography


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