The Gateway at Willowbrook

WINNER   |   Best Affordable Development (over 100 Units)

Best Affordable Development (Over 100 Units)

Nominated By:      Withee Malcolm Architects
Location:               Willowbrook, Calif.

Project Statement:

The Gateway at Willowbrook, a new,105-unit affordable senior community, is part of a landmark mixed-use project that includes a public library — the first of its kind in Los Angeles County. The apartments, which are located on the top floors of the five-story building above the ground-floor library, have a separate entry on the street parallel to the main library entrance. The contemporary Mediterranean architecture, with its balconies and two much-appreciated courtyards, provides a suburban sensibility to the residential component of the development. The property features one- and two-bedroom units. The affordable senior apartment community includes 105 one- and two-bedroom apartments, 33 of which now house the formerly homeless. The distinctive clock tower on the public facing corner signals the building as a gateway project that establishes a new town center for the Willowbrook community. The developer and architect worked closely with the County of Los Angeles Supervisors staff throughout the design process in order to implement The Gateway at Willowbrook concept with the library acting as the catalyst, which would provide the local residents with a gathering place for community activities and information, job postings and other library functions. The building was designed as the gateway to the city as seen from the 105 freeway and from vehicles traveling southbound on Wilmington Avenue. The architect and developer collaborated in creating a solution that carefully integrated both public and private functions while maintaining the privacy and security of the senior residents.  

Developer:                          Thomas Safran & Associates

Architect:                          Withee Malcolm Architects

General Contractor:     KPRS Construction Services

Interior Designer:          Wendy Weiner Interior Design

Photographer:                 A.G. Photography

Project Website:             The Gateway at Willowbrook