If you're building a design center on Melrose Avenue and it's not big and blue, it had better be striking. The $5-million, 34,000-square-foot 8500 Melrose Avenue center is striking.
Opening today on the south side of Melrose Avenue between La Cienega Boulevard and West Knoll Drive, the two-story building has a stepped saw-toothed facade along Melrose and alternating bands of black granite and white marble.
A development of Olympic-Barrington Partnership, Los Angeles, the center was designed by Albert C. Martin & Associates, Los Angeles, as a "jewel box gateway to the design community." It was "conceived by its developers as a provocative and elegant easterly portal to the design community," according to Katharine Post Hall, managing developer for the new center.
"In order for a building to make a statement along Melrose Avenue, it must be unconventional; the context demands it," said Robert Murrin, project architect at the Martin firm. The building is punctuated by an extensively landscaped and skylighted central court that is open and highly visible along Melrose, he added.