No brutalism for new West Knoll condos

The developers of the new condos at 8615 West Knoll have switched up their original plans for something softer and greener.

The five-story building was initially designed in the brutalist tradition, a style characterized by exposed, unpainted concrete and simple, minimalist structures.

The updated plans, presented to the Design Review Subcommittee last week, feature a smooth stucco facade interlaced with vertical wooden siding.

The building will now have a rooftop terrace in addition to its private balconies, as well as lush landscaping in a rear yard. The edifice will contain six single-story residences, four two-story townhomes with one very-low income affordable housing unit.

Barth Partners and architect Marcello Pozzi are behind the project.

The former design
New renderings
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Josh Kupries
Josh Kupries
16 days ago

Something needs to be done with the lot immediately to the west of this location. It has been vacant way too long.

Green Space
Green Space
18 days ago

Interesting and helpful to publish an overview map of the area. Although it is part of the staff reports on every project, it is rarely published in articles and should always be included. Thank you Brandon. We have to thank West Hollywood Planning Department for creating this small stab to the heart of green space and tree canopy albeit on private property exploited by development guidelines. Although one can see a few small tufts of green in the surrounding neighborhood, they will soon be snuffed as well. Alert to Westbourne Drive, enjoy your trees, birds, butterflies and occasional critters while… Read more »

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
18 days ago
Reply to  Green Space

While I appreciate your praise for City Architect, Ric Abramson, expecting him to change an entrenched culture at the Community Development Department is going to be a tall order. Ric does bring a balanced and environmentally aware sensibility to City Hall; we can only hope it is contagious.

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