Schweitzer’s residential buildings aim to nurture life and enhance the street scape for all. Below is her design of the 1157 S. Bundy, The Tides Brentwood. The lively design animates a formerly drab intersection in West LA:
The Tides Brentwood—Brentwood, Los Angeles, 1157 South Bundy Drive
“We wanted this 45 foot high mid-rise building to welcome the residents into the actual building, and the locals into the street, whether they travel by foot or by car. At best, it is a celebration of being a Los Angeleno”. V.F. Schweitzer
painterly facades below:
V. F. Schweitzer’s mid-rise design, with its fluid contours, was inspired by the waves of the Pacific just blocks from the site. It subtly references the visual language of mid-century modern LA architecture, with its large cantilever at the street corner and Neutra-like thin struts that frame views and resemble the spindly palm trunks that border the site. At the same time the structure announces a whimsical departure from any historical paradigm.. The vertical colored niches at the entry that scale the shafts, and light up at night like car lights, playfully mimic the horozontal traffic pattern of the street below along the arterial Bundy Drive .
The building juxtaposes subtle oceanic curves with vertical shafts (elevator and stair towers), heralding the collision of contextual organic forms with more orthogonal urban structures.
33 luxury units that maximize the indoor-outdoor Californian lifestyle, with ample balcony space, an outdoor rear deck, and skylights wherever possible. Concrete below and at grade, with two stories of parking, and 4 additional stories framed in wood above; glulam header beams allow for large window spans, bringing more panoramic views of LA inside. Vertical aluminum components at the perimeter rail provide texture and frame views. Colorful stucco components juxtaposed with the masculine fiber cement panels, bring rhthym and life to a formerly drab, interstitial part of Bundy Drive. The rear court contains a living edge with its landscaped niched wall, for plants and people, that defines an open area for year-round al fresco meals. The apartments, utilities and car spaces were laid out by the co- architect, local architect of record Shahab Shodes. Interior design and art are also by the project and design architect, Valerie Schweitzer AIA. The finishes combined with the high ceilings and ample floor to ceiling windows impart a loft-like sensibility. North-south unit below.
The Goshen elevation below couples the sunshine yellow of Los Angeles with the steely grays of the nearby Pacific ocean. Dahes of color at the street speak to a playfulness intrinsic to LA, and its slow-building vernacular.
The finishes combined with the high ceilings and ample floor to ceiling windows impart a loft-like sensibility. Northsouth unit below.
Goshen Elevation–balconies provide shade and texture, metal supports mimic the taller skinny palm trunks of the site. Colorful niches from the entry towers repeat here at the landscape planters and LID drainage system. Note the curving “tide” at the western corner.
The colored stucco niches that scale the utility shafts and flank the entrance, are like vertical traffic, mimicking the patterns of cars along the arterial Bundy Drive. They light up at night with LEDs, enlivening the neighborhood, including the large Ralph’s grocery store across the street.
A private Living Wall at the rear courtyard, repeats the colorful cavities; but here the holes are deepened so that people may lounge in them, and plants may grow in them. Breathing life together.
Other VSA Los Angeles projects:
2218 Beachwood–Hollywood. Renovate all upper units and upgrade facade to enliven the look, and create a greater sense of place. 2015-2016
CURRENT: 1946 Overland Avenue–West Los Angeles. VSA as architect of Record and Design Architect. In conceptual phase.
1885 Greenfield Drive–West Los Angeles. Adding a modern office and facade within the existing facade, to add sizzle and appeal in this gentrifying area.
The Californian—Beachwood Drive, Hollywood
Use of accent color to enliven and bring into focus this 1960s building; color also ties structure into landscape of palms.
Laminated wood gives greater durability, a sense of spaciousness, and cost-savings, but looks just like white oak.