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Ivan Hill /Glendale Project Called “A Step Above”

Small home project recommended between Ivan Hill Terrace and Glendale Boulevard (Image courtesy of Oyler-Wu Collaborative)

A three-unit small home project at 2555 Ivan Hill Terrace was recently approved by Silver Lake’s Urban Design and Preservation Advisory Committee (UDP). The project spans a steeply sloping site between Ivan Hill Terrace and Glendale Boulevard. An existing, mid-century home on Ivan Hill is to remain, with the new homes sited behind it and invisible from Ivan Hill. The new homes will be accessed from Glendale Boulevard.

Per zoning, the site could have accommodated more density. Nevertheless, the owner-developer decided to keep the site less dense and more open as he felt it more appropriate and sensitive to the site. The owner currently lives on site and plans to remain.

“The architecture of 2555 Ivan Hill is a step above many recent small home projects built in Silver Lake,” said Scott Plante, co-chair of the UDP and co-founder Silver Lake Together. “Designed by locally-based Oyler-Wu Collaborative, the project is sensitively sited in scale and planning.”

Plante noted that the exterior materials march those of the original home as well as others in the neighborhood. The homes are punctuated by openings, intended to bring light into the site. Finally, the form of the massing and texture of the skin help alleviate and significantly improve what could have been a cookie cutter project—and, thankfully, is not. Instead, 2555 Ivan Hill carries on the tradition of thoughtfully designed and architecturally interesting homes.

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