A proposed seven-story apartment building that seeks to replace the UCLA University Lutheran Chapel and its surface parking lot has received and new and improved design courtesy of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA).
Developer Landmark Properties, an Athens, Georgia-based real estate firm specializing in student housing communities, submitted revised plans for the project ahead of an April 7th meeting of the Westwood Design Review Board. Although the proposed height remains the same, the complex now calls for 37 apartments instead of 39. The amount of parking would be slightly reduced from 41 vehicle spaces to 40.
Humphreys & Partners designed the first iteration, a contemporary-style building featuring gray stucco, metal panels and metal balcony guardrails, as well as a double-height mural on the southeast façade. LOHA’s reimagining of the project, known as The Mark at Los Angeles, would showcase numerous setbacks to break up the massing and create generous outdoor spaces.
There would be a mix of two-, three-, four-, and five-bedroom units, ranging from approximately 757 to 1,559 square feet. Some units would be reserved for very low income households although the exact number is unclear.
The Mark would boast an array of onsite amenities, starting with an attended lobby accessed via a landscaped courtyard. A 1,698-square-foot fitness center would sit adjacent to the lobby, overlooking another inner courtyard. The second floor would house a spacious study room and a common terrace, while the third floor would include a so-called ‘rear yard’ that wraps around the northwest side of the building.
An indoor club room that opens onto the pool deck would be found on the fourth floor, and common roof decks would provide sweeping views of the neighborhood from the sixth and seventh floors. A few private outdoor spaces would also be scattered throughout the complex.
The exterior would be characterized by solid corrugated metal panels in a light gray finish, glass and metal mesh railings, fiber cement board, perforated metal panel screens, and glass storefront windows at the entrance. Ample greenery on the setbacks and at street level would soften the building’s industrial aesthetic.
Located at 10915 W. Strathmore Drive, The Mark would be steps away from the UCLA campus. Future residents would be able to shop for essentials at Westwood Village, which offers a Target, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market and CVS, plus numerous restaurants and cafés.