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933 N Spaulding Ave
West Hollywood
California 90046

Q + A with Andrea

Q&A with A.K.A.’s Andrea Keller, Architect of Opal Residences

The developer wanted to break with some of the common design types in the neighborhood, bringing in metallic elements, full walls of glass and expressive form. We wanted to create something that was very far away from a stucco box with punched windows.

The east facade is very expressive, with a top-floor living room that connects to the roof via a metal and glass staircase. The whole of the building's skin warps and stretches along the sides, culminating in a facade that appears very textured and thick as opposed to flat. The north wall of each home is almost completely glass, letting in soft natural light; the intent was for the interior spaces to feel expansive. Both the north wall and south windows are shaded by metal louvers for privacy.

The architecture is very contemporary with an international feel – not a typical Los Angeles stucco box. Ceilings and doors are high and the windows are expansive, three-story stairwells are open and see-through – we opened up space wherever possible. ‘The Residence’ is the crown jewel of Opal, with its living space on the top level and a direct staircase to the roof.

Each of the homes has a rooftop deck that covers the entire width of the home for maximum outdoor seating and dining, with views of the Hollywood Hills, Downtown LA and Century City.

‘The Residence’ has its main living space on the top level and primary bedroom one level below. On the ground floor, it has an extraordinarily tall entrance foyer, designed to fit the adjacent car lift. Its distinctive staircases climb from the Northeast corner to the Southwest by the time you reach the rooftop deck. There is nothing rote or ordinary about ‘The Residence’!

Our favorite feature is the multi-layered facade which is dynamic and moving. The stairwells are also extraordinary, flooded with light. High ceilings were a huge priority, something that you see more often in Europe than in US new construction.

This corner of West Hollywood is advantageous because of its proximity to Fairfax and Melrose design districts, while still not being far from the restaurant culture of Santa Monica Blvd / Sunset. This area typically has older homes and apartments — this is a new type of housing for the area.

The building is very design-forward and not shy about aesthetic choices. It was meant to be a bold design in a community known for a high degree of creativity and style. It’s certainly a building for people who want to stand out.

The exterior of the building was designed to contrast with the interior, which is light, neutral, and full of glass. The exterior features warm gray metal panels, charcoal smooth-finish plaster, sheet metal fascia elements and wood-look louvers. It was meant to be both dark and warm at the same time, with a slightly mechanical feel.

The streets of West Hollywood are all planted with mature trees and the front yard will be fully landscaped as well. Additionally, there is landscaping at each home's entrance on the north side, as well as planters on the rooftop decks.

Opal seeks to maximize the quality of life in West Hollywood, which is a vibrant city full of restaurants, shopping and culture. This property was designed to be different, in a city that prides itself on being creative. It’s a powerful way to plug into the WeHo community.

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933 N Spaulding Ave
West Hollywood
California 90046

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