Roger Ferris + Partners's Screenland Lofts signal high-rise living over the hills of Los Angeles. For those who know Burbank, it's a city synonymous with film and television industries, namely NBC, Disney, Warner Brothers, and Nichelodeon. Well, movie studios and soon the country’s largest IKEA store. One thing Burbank is not known for, at least not yet, is high-density urban housing. That could change when Westport, Connecticut-based Roger Ferris + Partners’s proposed 14 story Screenland Lofts break ground later this year. Currently in the permitting stages of development, the 170 foot high articulated monolith will feature ground floor retail topped by a shared terrace, 40 new two-bedroom apartment units, with a rooftop pool at the highest level. These market rate units will vary between 1,262 and 1,430 square feet in size. The building’s articulated facades frame large loggias that connect to interior spaces (either the living room or bedrooms, depending on unit type) and frame views of the nearby Hollywood Hills and Verdugo Mountains. A thick, Schindlerian band of write stucco zig-zags across the North facades. Floor-to-ceiling efficiency glazing wraps around the East and West exposures. Located in the commercially-zoned Burbank Media District, Screenland Lofts is atypical of apartment projects going up in LA area: it's organized as a singular volume. “We wanted to relocate and redefine high-rise housing for L.A.,” firm founder Roger Ferris told AN recently over telephone. He cited the “urbanesque” nature of a tower design as one of the selling points of the scheme. Ferris remarked further that the development would be the only one of its kind an area defined mostly by mid-rise office towers. And indeed, with gentrification making its way from the northernmost reaches of Downtown LA across nearby Highland Park, Atwater Village, and Glendale, Burbank officials are smart to begin densifying their city’s housing stock now.
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Last year AN broke news of plans for the first residential high-rise on Chicago's North Michigan Avenue in decades. Last Friday, James McHugh Construction Company and Pepper Construction Company broke ground on the 41-story tower at 200 N. Michigan Ave., which is expected to be complete in mid-2016. At 411 feet tall, the $155 million building will house 402 high-end residential units, as well as 22,000 square feet of retail on the first- and second-floor frontages along Michigan Avenue and Lake Street. The podium also includes a parking structure with 125 stalls, which designers bKL Architecture said will be screened tastefully to respect the storied downtown location's active streetscape. The site is adjacent to the Daniel Burnham–designed Carbide and Carbon building, and bKL's renderings show green glass that references the art deco landmark next door. Mullion patterns on the north and south faces of the apartment tower add texture to the facade, while the eastern-facing profile is kept purposefully minimal, according to bKL, in deference to the classic facades of Michigan Avenue.