The natural world reveals sustainable patterns of resilience, efficiency, and peace. Why have humans, a creature endowed with the ability to transform landscape as a responsible steward, chosen to dominate the environment and each other? Within the loom of the urban fabric which defines Los Angeles we see rinsed and repeated development schemas, many such efforts producing domineering and inconsiderate results. With manifest destinies driven by financial motive and/or bureaucratic confines, we see sections of the city frequently slashed and burned, wastefully demolishing what may have been worthwhile in the name of development which is often repackaged and imposed upon those around and those within. The Canopy on Robertson challenges these undesirable results, providing an improved redevelopment option to repurpose the parcels which they occupy in a sustainable and considerate manner while providing an elevated occupancy experience to those within.
The Robertson Corridor offers unique zoning aspects not commonly found in other areas of the city – as an artery leading to the heart of West Los Angeles this thoroughfare provides a level of convenience and access not commonly attainable. Rather than surrendering to the cliché of mixed-use behemoths which consolidate ownership and strip occupants of freedom by boxing them into the constraints of fixed units belonging to a single entity, The Canopy on Robertson provides a unique use case to repurpose 3 contiguous lots which share an optimal location and sweeping city views.
Leveraging innovative material choices, the structure of each new building erects onto a completed foundation in less than a week, prefabricated building components closely coordinated with the Building Information Models on which they are based ensure a precise and rapid construction sequence. Integrated green features and water features are employed to provide occupants a connection with these primary elements of nature at varying elevations of the structures. Each structure contains their own rooftop pool and outdoor living space which have been carefully oriented to maximize the panoramic skyline which they share which offer an excellent vista of Los Angeles landmarks notable from one perspective including the towering Downtown cityscape, snowcapped mountains, the Hollywood Sign, Miracle Mile, and The Sunset Strip, among other objects of enduring interest.