The Harland Brings the Best of Modern Infill with Expansive Views and a Kebony-Accented Façade
Construction was recently completed on The Harland West Hollywood, a multifamily development of modern condominiums designed to reimagine high-density urban infill living while celebrating local neighborhood character.
Offering panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills, Century City and the downtown LA skyline, this innovative project embraces fluidity between indoor and outdoor living.
Located on the border of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, The Harland is comprised of 37 condominiums and townhouse residences with expansive outdoor terraces made with layered spaces around a communal interior courtyard and an iconic, undulating facade along Doheny Drive.
The building is split into two zones, rising four stories along the west and three stories within the predominately low-rise neighborhood to the east. Together, the zones wrap the building’s internal courtyard, with the alternating eastern units set-in from the property line to bring light from three sides. Designed by Culver City-based architectural firm OFFICEUNTITLED, with interiors by Marmol Radziner, each residence features custom cabinetry, storage and detailing with floor-to-ceiling glass and rooms that open out onto outdoor terraces.
Augmenting the project’s stucco façade are bronze metal screens, and Kebony modified wood louvres and vertical privacy screens. Kebony was also specified as decking for the outdoor environments.
“We like to use natural finishes wherever we can,” OFFICEUNTITLED principal and architect Christian Robert said. “And we particularly like the low maintenance and naturally occurring patina of Kebony, which complements the stucco. There’s something poetic about it.”
The building includes one, two, and three-bedroom flats, penthouses and three-bedroom townhouses that range in size between 1,500 and 3,100 square feet. The townhouses feature a double-height great room with expansive ceiling heights, while penthouse residences include expansive rooftop terraces featuring shaded pergolas, integrated planters, outdoor kitchens and Kebony wood decking.
Developed in Norway, Kebony’s revolutionary technology is an environmentally friendly and patented process which modifies sustainably sourced softwoods by heating the wood with furfuryl alcohol – an agricultural by-product.
By polymerising the wood’s cell wall, the softwoods permanently take on the attributes of tropical hardwood including high durability, hardness and dimensional stability. This unique process also provides Kebony with its characteristic appearance, which only grows more beautiful with time.
The result is a project that reinterprets the energy of West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the urban fabric.
* Kebony Technology
The Kebony technology is a patented process which enhances the properties of non-durable wood species to give them similar characteristics to the best performing woods.
Through a sustainable process wood species such as pines and non-durable woods are impregnated with a bio-based liquid derived from agricultural crop waste. With the addition of heat, the furfuryl polymer is permanently grafted into the wood cell wall, resulting in greatly improved durability and dimensional stability.
Kebony is suitable for both internal and external applications that demand high performance and great aesthetics such as decking, flooring, cladding, roofing, windows, indoor and outdoor furniture. Over time Kebony acquires a silver-grey patina whilst maintaining its performance characteristics.
A study by Norwegian environmental consulting firm Bergfald & Co. demonstrated that Kebony has a substantially lower carbon footprint than its tropical hardwood equivalents, with improved durability and dimensional stability the wood is increasingly becoming the choice of leading architects and developers enabling them to use wood without causing environmental degradation.
Kebony has been used internationally in commercial, public, residential and marine projects including the site of Youth Winter Olympic Games in Norway, Sweden’s first round Passive House, Rochester Marina in New York and the redevelopment of Cinque Ports Street, Rye.