Los Angeles, CA
This 53-unit mixed use student housing project driven by a desire to maximize density with a contextually suitable solution. The project is pedestrian oriented, it sits adjacent to the light rail Expo Line and Metro Rapid bus line and is a 5-minute walk to USC. The design of the building is conceived to respect the surrounding context while looking towards the future. The building massing is broken down into smaller box volumes that are stacked and rotated playfully to reduce the sense of scale of a seven-story volume.
Open-air common spaces with landscaped elements are scattered throughout to create a more inviting, comfortable user experience and induce social interaction amongst the student body. Amenities include a club room, study areas and a gymnasium on the ground floor. Additionally, on the second floor, there is an open-to-sky amenity deck with seating, BBQ areas, and an outdoor living/game room. Corridors are uncapped at the ends to maximize natural light and ventilation. Located on Level 7 is a rooftop deck with an outdoor cinema and fire pit overlooking towards the city skyline. Finally, at the top level, a rooftop garden provides a connection to landscape and green life in an urban environment and provides additional study/hang out areas with flexible seating elements for users to escape the urban chaos below.