Rendering: WTARCH

Warren Techentin Architecture (WTARCH), a Los Angeles-based firm known for its bold use of color and innovative designs, is behind a newly proposed five-story apartment building in Melrose Hill. 

Two single-family houses would be demolished to make way for the Serrano Apartments, named after its address at 608-612 North Serrano Avenue. The rental residence would contain 21 three-bedroom units and one four-bedroom unit, ranging from 896 to 1,214 square feet. One story of below-grade parking would provide 23 stalls, including two equipped for electric vehicle charging.

Floorplans would be open and airy, characterized by L-shaped kitchens, large closets and private balconies (as per plan). Many bedrooms would also have ensuite bathrooms for added convenience.

The residential lobby would be adjacent to a bicycle storage and repair room, able to accommodate up to 22 bicycles. A 600-square-foot gym is also proposed, along with a business center that touts a kitchenette. A sprawling outdoor patio would also occupy the first floor, complete with planters and concrete tile.

Meanwhile, the secluded second-floor courtyard would feature lounge furniture, a tropical green wall, and a table with a planter in the middle of it. The fifth-floor would be dedicated to Serrano Apartments’ four-legged residents with a dog run, artificial turf and a pet washing station.

The rooftop would be divided into three zones, starting with a vegetable garden with raised beds, lounge chairs, a picnic table and an artificial turf lawn. There would also be a space for barbecuing, complete with perimeter bench seating, a cozy fire pit and potted plants. The entertaining area would boast a ping pong table, picnic table, barbecue counter, fire pit, additional seating and round planters.

WTARCH has envisioned a faceted, ombré façade in various shades of blue, with grey and white stucco for balance. Metal cladding and greenery that’s visible from street level would amplify the building’s texture. The award-winning architecture firm has designed several other recognizable multi-family projects throughout the city, including Angeleno Heights near Dodger Stadium and Monterey Apartments in NELA.

If approved, future residents of the Serrano Apartments would be equidistant from the Wilshire/Western and Hollywood/Western Metro stations — about one-and-a-half miles in either direction. Los Angeles City College, Paramount Pictures and Hollywood Forever Cemetery are all nearby, in addition to numerous restaurants, performing arts theaters, gastropubs and local businesses.

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