Harper17, residential development, West Hollywood, los angeles architecture, bronze perforated aluminum

Harper 17

Brought on to fully utilize an entitlement that allowed for 17 units to be built upon a parcel along Harper Street in West Hollywood, Harper17 is a four-story condominium planned a block south of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.

We began work on the project in 2016, being brought on to re-design the structure after the previous designs did not capitalize on the full available entitlement. The parcel’s entitlement allows for up to 17 private individually owned residences to be built, yet previous designs were only able to implement 14 into their plan. After some creative planning with respect to the parking layout, we were able to successfully increase the count to 17, while still adhering to the city’s stringent planning requirements.

Despite the increase in density, all but three of the residencies at Harper will be corner apartments. Half of the structure has been set back 30 feet to create a raised “front yard” for the residents, while a second courtyard sits inside the center of the structure. This unique configuration allowed for more stand-alone spaces, unflanked by other apartments on either side. Additionally, all top floor residencies will have private rooftop terraces, while all others will have access to individual decks and patios, creating an abundant outdoor interaction rare for this type of construction and further contributing to each condo’s singular feel.

First-floor apartments have also been enhanced: isolated and with dedicated above-ground parking, these typically less desirable spaces eschew the traditional condo format, resulting in a feel more akin to a single-family home. Additional parking for upper-story residents will be distributed across a single subterranean level.

Work on Harper17 recently entered the final design development phase, with construction expected to begin in spring of 2019.