It’s an urban oasis, as immersive and cool as a Mediterranean breeze and just as refreshing. The Rooftop Park crowning RH West Hollywood – The Gallery is an eden, complete with a reproduction of the storied Louvre sculpture “Winged Victory of Samothrace,” which surveys the City of Angels with some drama.
Working in collaboration with design architect James Gillam of Backen Gilliam & Kroeger, RH Chairman, and CEO Gary Friedman projected the flagship, a showpiece of Venetian plaster, Tucson colonnades and Hellenic touches, straight onto reinvigorated Melrose Avenue.
As described by Friedman:“The Gallery on Melrose Avenue is a study and a reflection of human design in regard to balance, symmetry and proportion, while respecting the hierarchy and integration of environment, architecture and humanity to create a feeling of harmony.”
More residential than retail, the stunningly conceptualized store—40,000 square feet of exquisite interiors, garden courtyards and outdoor terraces trellised with climbing vines—opens to the street, raising the stakes for experiential trade.
To say that the Rooftop Park is the crescendo of it all is to say quite a lot, but this gift to the neighborhood is an invitation for an exodus, with graciously appointed green space and a view that thrills.
Conjured in the spirit the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, the splendid exterior is flush with decomposed granite, century-old olive trees in massive steel planters accented with waterfalling rosemary, and a centrally installed trellis festooned with canvas that flaps like the sails on a boat in calm waters.
The Park is further adorned with a 40-foot-long table made from reclaimed pine and long low sofas. Aromas of citrus and French lavender waft through the air while shimmering chandeliers and cooing fountains stir an intimacy for showcasing RH Outdoor collections. With its angelic anchor presiding over the immediate scene and the Hollywood Hills beyond, one’s impression comes clear and quick: it’s absolutely divine. restorationhardware.com