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2010 AIA Housing Award Recipient

Category 3: Multifamily Living

Formosa 1140


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    JURY COMMENTS

    Elegant detailing, airy and
    uplifting, strong in many ways,
    with a delightful use of color.
    Skillful employment of Universal
    Design and sustainable
    strategies, all within a modest
    budget.

    I love the fact that a park was
    born because of the thoughtful
    site planning.

    This project brings dignity to an
    underprivileged population.

 


    2010 AIA Housing Awards
    Jury

    Andrew V. Porth, AIA, chair
    Porth Architects, Inc.
    Red Lodge, Mont.

    Natalye Appel, FAIA
    Natalye Appel + Associates
    Architects
    Houston

    Geoffrey Goldberg, AIA
    G. Goldberg and Associates
    Chicago

    Grace Kim, AIA
    Schemata Workshop
    Seattle

    Jane Kolleeny
    Architectural Record
    and
    GreenSource

    New York City

 

Architect

Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

   

Owner

Habitat Group Los Angeles, LLC

   

Location

West Hollywood, Calif.


Notes of Interest

Located in the heart of West Hollywood, this new eleven-unit housing project emphasizes the central importance of shared open space for the residents and the community. This project takes what would be the internalized open space of the courtyard and moves it to the exterior of the building to create a park which occupies approximately one-third (4,600 sf) of the project site.

As a result of shifting the common open space to the exterior and pushing the building to one side, units are organized linearly, allowing for ‘park frontage’ and cross-ventilation for every unit. External circulation is used as a buffer between public and private realms and articulated through layers of perforated metal and small openings.

This project presents a challenging but influential opportunity in regards to the creation and inclusion of an urban park in a private development. The provision of this park space resulted in a series of negotiations between the developer, the architect and the city from which a unique, more fluid, model of community planning and development emerged to the benefit of all parties involved.
 

ADDITIONAL CREDITS

Consultant

 

Debibi & Associates
Hi-Tech Engineering

     

Engineer

 

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.

     

General Contractor

 

Archetype Inc.

     

Landscape Architect

 

Katie Spitz & Associate

     

Photo Credit

 

© Lawrence Anderson/Esto

 

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