Architect: Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Location: Los Angeles, California

Category: Multifamily Housing (category three)                                  

To provide a flexible space that evolves with residents' lives, many units in the building were designed with flex space that could be used as offices, sitting rooms, or play rooms while also considering features to support indoor/outdoor lifestyles.

As one of the densest neighborhoods in the country, Los Angeles’ Koreatown is at the forefront of changing modes of contemporary urban living. The design for Mariposa1038 plays with this burgeoning area’s density with a pure cube extruded to fit tight on its lot, and then formed to gesture back to the public street and surrounding context. To blur the distinction between public and private spheres, the design pushes the cube inward on each side, creating curves that grant relief from the sidewalk and return portions of the ground plane to the public realm. The carved opening creates a central focal point for the building’s interior organization and lets natural light into the courtyard. The courtyard ribbon draws the eye upwards and creates continuity from floor to floor. All units have exterior access and can be cooled by cross ventilation. A rooftop deck provides additional outdoor space and skyline views.

"I find this to be an exceptionally creative and appealing  project. Conceptually it's quite simple, nonetheless it's  wholly unique and beautiful." ~ Jury comment

Additional information

Landscape architect: Link Landscape

Lighting design: Guy Smith

General contractor: Fortis 17 CRM Corporatiion

Engineer - structural: Amir Pirbadian

Engineer - civil: Harvey Goodman  

Engineer - MEP: Budlong & Associates


Victor A. Mirontschuk, FAIA (Chair), EDI International, PC, New York City

Katie Gerfen, ARCHITECT, Washington, DC

Luis Jauregui, FAIA, Jauregui Architecture Interiors Construction, Austin, Texas

Adrianne Steichen, AIA, Pyatok Architects, Oakland, California

John Thatch, AIA, Dahlin Group Architecture Planning, Pleasanton, California        

Image credits


Paul Vu


Paul Vu


Paul Vu


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Paul Vu

Mariposa1038 Ribbon

Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects