Earlier this week, the West Hollywood Planning Commission's Design Review Subcommittee considered plans for two infill apartment buildings.

The first project, which would rise at 1257 N. Detroit Street, would replace a single-family home with a four-story building featuring eight one- and two-bedroom apartments with basement parking and a rooftop deck.  The main building entrance is planned along Detroit Street, while several street-facing units would have private entrances along Fountain Avenue.

West Hollywood-based firm F-ARE is designing the proposed development, which is described in a report to the committee as being a "contemporary expression of [a] classical modernist building," that is simple, but also sophisticated.  Its exterior would consist of dark tile at the base, white stucco in the middle, and a top floor sheathed with corrugated siding.

The second building, slated for a property at 852 West Knoll Drive, would consist of a five-story edifice containing nine one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as amenities and parking for 13 vehicles.

Tighe Architecture is designing the low-rise building, which would be clad with a combination of perforated metal panels and dark and green stucco.

A report to the committee from architect Gwynne Pugh describes the project as "unique for the neighborhood," but recommends more attention to its south elevation and compliance with front yard setback and stepback requirements.