In West Hollywood, city planners would like to increase urban density, but it comes up against L.A.’s bête noire: parking. However, Koning Eizenberg Architecture’s Hancock Lofts merges the two, weaving together 31 market-rate condos, seven affordable-housing rental units, 11,600 square feet of retail, and 217 parking spaces.
Located at Santa Monica Boulevard and Hancock Avenue, the building presents a strong metal, glass, and Mangaris wood façade to oncoming traffic, before transitioning to a more residential scale as it steps up the side street. The two different façades reflect the program: Along the boulevard, three floors of luxe lofts sit atop ground-level retail. Around the corner, there’s a sneaky opening that leads to lower-level public parking—the 156 city-dictated spaces (the remaining spaces are for residents). On the other side of the parking garage entrance, seven units of affordable housing march up Hancock Avenue, and above those studio apartments are six two-story townhouses.
A level of resident parking separates the rental units from the market-rate condos. It’s masked by a screen of vertical Mangaris wood slats—which neatly double as balustrades on the townhouses—but it is still there, the project’s leitmotif. The parking ramps spiral up from the public parking to the second story, where glass doors open onto a verdant outdoor podium. Here, the front doors to the loft units wrap the courtyard on two sides.
Inside, Koning Eizenberg applied its expertise in hospitality design—the firm is known for its über-glam-yet-functional hotels, The Standard and The Avalon—to bring hotel style to the residential arena. With high-end Miele ranges and Corian countertops, the units have the feel of "Dutch rationalism meets laid-back beach bum."
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