This 15 unit apartment building on Overland Avenue has been approved by the city of Los Angeles, LADBS for construction (March, 2018). It will be concrete podium, wood superstructure, with board concrete facade members, and weathered steel fins that shade and partially conceal. The architecture intentionally elevates the industrial steel, through refined forms and juxtapositions, to draw out its specific beauty. The weathered steel, usually seen under old infrastructure like freeway overpasses, is now married with an abundance of low-water plants that cascade down the concrete into beds below. The steel shading devices, located in front of the double glazing, reappear in the lobby and introduce the earthy tones of a forest. Even inside, there is the call of nature.
In the street facade above, Euclidian geometry of the glass and concrete is interrupted by curves of dinosaur-like spines. replacing a dilapidated two-story building, the design aspires to give more to West LA street life than its predecessor.
There is an emphasis on shared public space throughout the building. Every floor has a mini-lounge adjacent to the elevator, and a shared balcony space for a palm garden to be enjoyed by all, inside and outside the building. The lobby will feature cut engineered wood at the ceiling that is meant to mimic roots or a canopy of branches.
From architect’s sketchbook–