KTGY Architecture + Planning Combines Historic Garage with New Mixed-Use Design

March 4, 2020

LOS ANGELES – KTGY Architecture + Planning (KTGY) has announced an innovative mixed-use design, fusing a historic, Art Deco parking garage with new retail and residences. 8th & Western, developed by Jamison Properties, LLP., creates 230 apartments above approximately 13,300 square feet of retail in a new, eight-story development. It combines them with a 1931, five-story parking structure (originally the The Pellissier Square Garage), rehabilitated for parking, retail and rooftop amenities.

“The new complex reflects the history and future of its vibrant Koreatown surroundings,” says KTGY Associate Principal Keith McCloskey, LEED AP. “The existing parking garage is among some of the oldest reinforced concrete garages in the City. The new, mixed-use building improves, restores and re-uses it, connecting it with sleek, new apartments and retail, while adding generous rooftop amenities atop the historic building.”

8th & Western joins a new mixed-use building with an historic Deco parking structure in Los Angeles. Rendering by KTGY Architecture + Planning.

The designers and developer are working with historic consultants to preserve the integrity of the existing building, including classic zigzags and chevrons. Its rooftop will be converted to approximately 13,000 square feet of amenities, including an expansive pool deck with city views. This newly constructed roof terrace will link with the new residential building and approximately 5,000 square feet of indoor amenities via a pedestrian bridge. Additional resident amenities accompany the retail program on the new ground floor.

Another historic Deco structure, The Wiltern theater and Pellissier Building, is just two blocks away. The Pellissier Square Garage was commissioned early in the 20th century, along with the theater and tower, by Marie Julie Pellissier (according to Curbed L.A.). Both were designed by the famed Morgan Walls and Clements, responsible for other nearby landmarks such as Chapman Plaza and La Fonda restaurant.

“The architecture of our new mixed-use building subtly pays homage to the Pellissier Building and The Wiltern through the integration of its cool color tones, and a re-interpretation of their vertical massing elements,” said McCloskey. “Although the new building is contemporary in style, the vertical balcony slots with angled planes help to capture some of the vertical quality of the surrounding Art Deco history. The result is a fusion of new and old, reflecting one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

Jamison Properties, LLP.

KTGY Architecture + Planning

Residential Units
230, including studios and micro units; 23 are designated for Extremely Low-Income tenants

808 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90005

Estimated Opening
Q2 2022

7 for residential and ground-floor commercial with 1 level subterranean (new), plus 4-story parking garage (existing)

13,377 square feet

Parking Spaces
139; 0.6 spaces per residential unit.

Amenities – New Building
Lobby / Leasing – 1,876 sf – ground floor
Bike Storage – 140 Bikes – ground floor
Fitness Room – 1,208 sf – 2nd floor
Business Center – 850 sf – 3rd floor
Club Room – 900 sf – 4th floor (double-height volume)

Amenities – Existing Building
Screen Room & VR Room – 1,372 sf – ground floor
Roof Deck with Pool – 12,096 sf – 4th floor (roof)

8th & Western qualifies as a Tier 3 Transit Oriented Community due to its proximity to metro stops. This allows higher density per acre than the underlying zoning, and 10 percent of its units to be Affordable, for Extremely Low Income (ELI) residents.

Historic Art Deco parking structure joins with new residential/retail building. Rendering by KTGY Architecture + Planning.
The historic garage was originally part of Pellissier Square, which also included the Wiltern Theater. Historic photo by Dick Whittington Studio.
The parking garage bisects the new apartments and retail building to form a T-shape. A bridge connects them.
8th & Western. Rendering by KTGY Architecture + Planning.

About KTGY Architecture + Planning
Founded in 1991, KTGY Architecture + Planning is a leading architecture and design firm focused on residential and mixed-use developments and neighborhood revitalization. KTGY seamlessly delivers innovation, artistry and attention to detail across multiple design studios, ensuring that clients and communities get the best the firm has to offer no matter the building type or location. KTGY’s architects and planners combine big picture opportunities, leading-edge sustainable practices and impeccable design standards to create memorable destinations of enduring value. KTGY serves clients worldwide from offices located in Chicago, Denver, Irvine, Los Angeles, Oakland, Pune (India) and Tysons. See www.ktgy.com.