Crest Apartments

Architect: Michael Maltzan Architecture

Owner: Skid Row Housing Trust

Location: Van Nuys, California

Category: Specialized Housing (category four)            

The building design demonstrates an innovative and human-centered approach to architecture while maintaining the client's ongoing commitment to creating permanent supportive housing in Los Angeles.

Crest Apartments is a permanent supportive housing project that provides 64 homes and comprehensive on-site supportive services for Los Angeles County’s most vulnerable homeless individuals, including 23 homeless veterans. Located in suburban Van Nuys, California the 45,000 square-foot LEED Platinum project includes studio apartments and community spaces for residents including social services offices, a communal kitchen, laundry room, residents’ lounge, and community garden on the ground level. A highly sustainable green landscape spreads across the entire site, while the building’s arched form and open terraces float above. The reception lobby is positioned at the front to welcome residents and visitors and to create an active connection to the street. Inviting, light-filled spaces throughout the building form a network of healthy community spaces that connect residents. The four upper residential floors of studio apartments include large windows and are connected by open-air corridors that introduce vibrant color, natural light, cross ventilation, and views of the surrounding city.

"This project does an excellent job of embracing and addressing every aspect of its location. It's sensitive to its context, the scale of the street and adjacent properties. The project manages to achieve a strong aesthetic beauty with tight budget constraints and a program that requires both construction longevity with minimal maintenance cost. It utilizes extensive active and passive design features that embrace sustainability, low energy usage, and a healthy indoor living environment." ~Jury comment

Additional information

Landscape architect: SWA Group (Tina Chee, Designer)

Engineer - structural:  John Labib + Associates

Engineer - mechanical and plumbing: Khalifeh & Associates

Engineer - electrical: OMB Electric

Engineer - civil:  Breen Engineering

Engineer - geotechnical:  Geocon West, Inc.

LEED consultant:  Global Green

Engineer - fire & life Safety:  Exponent

Specifications consultant:  AWC West

Acoustics consultant: Newson Brown Acoustics LLC

As-is survey: Adkan Engineers

As-Built survey:  Psomas

Interior designer (community spaces):  Office42

Contractor:  Morley/Benchmark

Construction manager: Egan Simon Architecture

Property management: John Stewart Company

Resident services:  LA Family Housing

Financing consultant: California Housing Partnership Corporation


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    

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