La Brea Housing by Patrick Tighe Architecture and John V. Mutlow Architects

La Brea Housing

La Brea HousingThe La Brea Affordable Housing project is a mixed use affordable housing project for formerly homeless LGBT youth, people living with disabilities and people living with HIV Aids.
La Brea HousingThe 50,000 sq ft building is located one block north of Santa Monica Boulevard in the City of West Hollywood. The building maximizes density while allowing for ample outdoor space. 32 apartments are arranged around a shared exterior courtyard.
La Brea HousingParking is provided at grade and commercial space used by the non-profit group, AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) is present along La Brea Avenue. The Southwest corner is expressed as a beacon of activity and houses the circulation and other shared amenities for the residents.
La Brea HousingLa Brea is a busy commercial street with several Art Deco and streamline modern buildings with iconic vertical architectural elements at the entrances. Additionally, the building to the south is a McDonald’s known for its arches.
La Brea HousingThe Courtyard at La Brea facade is a reference to the architectural statements of its neighbors. The south east corner, which has extreme street exposure, is highlighted with a series of curve enclosure panelsand voids.
La Brea HousingThe remaining street facade is faced with a layered screen with minimal detailing to heighten the importance of the curved entry facade. The design of the building is centered around a courtyard, a traditional residential building feature in West Hollywood.
La Brea HousingThe north / south orientation of the courtyard is designed for maximum sun access in the winter. Sustainability elements including solarpanels and recycled materials are incorporated throughout the building.
La Brea HousingThe project was constructed through the non profit developer, The West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation to address an affordable housing shortage for tenants living with disabilities. The mixed-use program brings higher density into the urban center of the city.
La Brea HousingThe building demonstrates one of the city’s core values of environmental responsibility and its commitment to green building and sustainable design, the building exceeds the requirements of the city’s Green Building Ordinance. Source by  Patrick Tighe Architecture,  and John V. Mutlow Architects.
La Brea HousingLocation: West Hollywood, California, USA
Architect  Patrick Tighe Architecture  and John V. Mutlow Architects
Structural Engineer:  Ming Yang Yeh + Associates
M/E/P Engineer: IBE Consulting Engineers, John Gautrey, Alan Locke
Environmental Consultant: Green Dinosaur, Jason Lorcher
Civil Engineer: P.A. Arca Engineering
Landscape Architect: Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture
Size: 52,000 square feet
Cost: $8.3 million
Year: 2014
Client: West Hollywood Community Housing Corp. Robin Conerly (executive director), Jesse Slansky (director of real estate development)
Photographs: Art Gray Photography
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