Los Angeles, CA—Withee Malcolm Architects kicked-off 2019 with two project opening celebrations—One South, a residentially anchored mixed-use development in Redondo Beach and The Gateway at Willowbrook, an affordable senior community in Los Angeles County, set atop the new Willowbrook Public Library.
On January 24, Withee Malcolm team members were among the crowd of residents, future residents, well-wishers, and Redondo Beach locals who gathered in the open courtyard at One South to celebrate the opening of the new mixed-use development.
Located just off the Pacific Coast Highway, the project, developed by Cape Point Development, brings together 52 condominiums and townhomes, 10,500 square feet of retail, and 9,050 square feet of open public space in a single complex. Although the townhomes will not be available until March, one third of the residences have already been spoken for and the retail leasing is going well. Contemporary living space designed with a modern beach vibe and a prime coastal location makes the development a natural fit for the market.
Layouts of all the units, from one-bedroom flats to the three-bedroom townhomes with mezzanines, are open concept with few partitions, many built-in features and a “less is more” sensibility. Large windows, balconies, patios across the complex and roof decks on the townhomes provide for an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. The community can also enjoy the casual lifestyle by stepping-up to the landscaped public plaza on the podium level.
On February 8, the architects joined Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, developer Thomas Safran & Associates, and residents for the official opening of The Gateway at Willowbrook. Part of a landmark mixed-use project that includes newly opened Willowbrook Public Library, the affordable senior community features 105 one- and two-bedroom apartments, 33 of which will now house the formerly homeless. The apartments are the four floor residential component of the mixed-use project, the library and community meeting space occupy the first floor.
“The Gateway at Willowbrook marked the first time that Los Angeles County partnered with the private sector to provide not only housing, but also a library,” Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said in a statement. “This is the epitome of what high-quality and affordable development and services can and should look like.”
The contemporary Mediterranean architecture with its balconies and two, much appreciated courtyards, provides a suburban sensibility to the residential component of the development. The distinctive clock tower on the public facing corner signals the building as a gateway project that establishes a new town center for the Willowbrook community.
“These projects are great examples of what thoughtful infill development can do for communities,” said Dan Withee AIA, founding partner. “Both projects not only add much needed housing, but also provide spaces for the larger community, places for neighbors of all ages to gather and socialize.”
“While the architectural vocabularies for One South and The Gateway at Willowbrook speak to their different Southern California contexts, each of the developments offers comfortable, contemporary living spaces and access to indoor and outdoor amenities,” said Principal Dirk Thelen.
Withee Malcolm Architects serves clients in the residential and commercial industrial markets throughout the West from their offices in Torrance, California. For more information on the firm, visit www.witheemalcolm.com