Located in Marina del Rey, California, the Marina Harbor Apartments complex consists of nearly 900 units on a 48 acre site, surrounding the upscale Marina del Rey Harbor with spectacular views of the marina, and includes amenities such as a fitness studio, tennis courts, four resort-style pools with jogging paths along the water.
Although the project was considered state-of-the-art at the time of construction with its International Style architecture, it had been recently overshadowed by newer, more modern competing properties. Originally built in mid-sixties the project suffered from little attention other than routine maintenance over the years.
For this project, the design team focused on enriching and embellishing the exterior facades by adding bold new shapes and geometries. A new unique and fresh palette of materials and colors create a more focused and site specific design solution. The design team greatly increased the amount of glazing by introducing new large full height insulated windows and sliding doors to allow more daylight inside and to maximize the views of the Marina. In addition, new two and three-story high facade extrusions in varying colors were added to create a playful rhythm and scale, while new nautical inspired horizontal stainless steel cable railings and ironwood accents were incorporated.
Location: Marina del Rey, CA, US
My Role: Project Architect
Additional Credits: Completed under the auspices of Fennie + Mehl Architects