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bentley-massachusetts apartments, los angeles

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bentley-massachusetts apartments, los angeles

custom / more than 3,500 square feet / merit

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    Stephen H. Kanner, FAIA, Kanner Architects

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    John Linden

    With all of this glass to cover, the window shading systems (top) virtually become part of the architecture. Kanner ensured they were all the same so there “would be continuity from the outside.”

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    John Linden

    Kanner speced smooth white plaster painted to make the exterior feel even lighter and brighter. Kanner ensured they were all the same so there “would be continuity from the outside.”

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    Stephen H. Kanner, FAIA, Kanner Architects

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    Stephen H. Kanner, FAIA, Kanner Architects

kanner architects, los angeles

The jury dubbed this apartment building “dynamic and elegant.” For architect Stephen Kanner, FAIA, the challenge was to enliven and liberate the typical hermitically-sealed multifamily box. Paying tribute to Richard Neutra, whose legacy dots the surrounding L.A. landscape, he blurred indoor-outdoor boundaries with glazing. A delicate glass curtain wall thinly profiled in anodized aluminum brings in light and views, and recessed balconies and terraces open the building to the temperate climate. Balconies are a handy tool in Kanner's architectural arsenal: “They break up solid walls with interesting compositions of reveals.” He further diminished the building's horizontal scale “by recessing the base and creating a shadow line with blue mosaic tile.”

Open floor plans borrow views, natural light, and breezes from the expansive glazing. And Kanner made sure that partitioned areas such as bedrooms are large and inviting, with at least 11- or 12-foot widths. “The building has two lives,” he says. “During the day it's more of an object with a lot of shadow and form, and at night it turns into a transparent jewel box.”

principal in charge / project architect: Stephen H. Kanner, FAIA, Kanner Architects
general contractor & developer: Woodcliff Corp., Los Angeles
landscape architect: Ray Hansen & Associates, Los Angeles
size: 12,000 square feet
units: 14
rental price: $2,600 to $3,100 per month
construction cost: $165 per square foot
photographer: John Linden