Silver Lake’s most recent small-lot development –Buzz Court, a cluster of six homes built on a former Rowena Avenue parking lot – is preparing to make its debut. The two-story homes are pretty close to each other, neighboring buildings and a busy street. In order to give the occupants some privacy, the builders, Heyday Partnership, sheathed the building in narrow, vertical fins. Kevin Wronske, one of the two brothers behind Heyday, explained the purpose of the fins on his company website:
1. They soften the buildings edges so the massing feels lighter (especially in the evening when the project should have a wonderful glow).
2. With the front unit five feet from the street they filter the private interior from the public sidewalk and street.
3. They screen views across the driveway from one unit to another.
4. They create a three dimensional facade on an otherwise flat building surface.
Now, the question is will those fins attract fans willing to pay prices starting in the mid $700,000 range for these homes. A grand opening is scheduled for early next month.