Theo by KTGY


KTGY has released architectural photography for the opening of Theo, a new multifamily community at 289 N El Molino Ave in Pasadena. KTGY worked with developer Summerhill Apartment Communities, as well as Pasadena Heritage and City of Pasadena Design Commission, on a structure that addresses its historic surroundings, while achieving a sleek Modernist design.

Walkable to Old Pasadena and the Pasadena Playhouse District, Theo is adjacent to the Theodore Parker Lukens House. Built in 1886-87, the Victorian home is among the oldest in Pasadena. The Theo apartment community is named after this home’s first owner, who was a prominent conservationist and real estate investor. Also adjacent to the project is an intimate courtyard that surrounds the 120-year-old cedar tree.

These natural and historic components figure into KTGY’s design. The six-stories of apartments are set amongst courtyards and terraces with views to the San Gabriel Mountains and the Lukens House. “Rather than compete with the ornate features of this classic residence, Theo offers a clean, simple, Modernist counterpart with outdoor spaces that overlook and embrace the Lukens House,” says KTGY Associate Principal Keith McCloskey, LEED AP.

These spaces include an observation room on the southeast corner, directly facing the Lukens House. This covered, seating area, open to the outdoors, also features historic information about the house. Theo offers many additional types of outdoor spaces: Landscaped rooftop amenity spaces, pool and spa area, cabana terrace, lobby courtyard, outdoor kitchen and dining, dog-wash area, and the many elegant, private terraces.

The building steps down in a series of terraces, from six to two levels, to accommodate these different programmed areas. The Modernist stance reflects and updates Pasadena’s many classic examples of the Mid-Century style.

“Pasadena requires 30% of total gross square footage to be outdoor usable open spaces,” said McCloskey. “We configured these in combinations of active and passive courtyards – each curated to create a unique experience and many to maximize different views.” Source by KTGY.

  • Location: 289 N. El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, USA
  • Architect: KTGY Architecture + Planning
  • Developer: Summerhill Apartment Communities
  • Residential Units: 105 units
  • Floors: 6 stories with subterranean parking
  • Year: 2020
  • Photographs: Nico Marques, John Bare, Courtesy of KTGY

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