Architects: LOHA Architects
Location: West Hollywood, California, USA
Principal in Charge: Lorcan O’Herlihy
Project Team: Katherine Williams (PM), Kevin Tsai, Evan Brinkman, Kevin Southerland
Client: Habitat Group Los Angeles, LLC
Project year: 2008
Constructed Area: 1,486 sqm
Area per unit: 140 sqm aprox.
Photographs: Lawrence Anderson
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. Formosa 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.
The careful placement of outer skin panels and inner skin fenestration creates a choreographed effect, both revealing and concealing, while achieving a unique expression of form and materials. The exterior skin also keeps west facing units cooler by acting as a screen and shading device.
The provision of this park space resulted in a series of negotiations between Habitat Group Los Angeles, LLC (Developer), LOHA (Architect) and the City from which a unique, more fluid, model of community planning and development emerged to the benefit of all parties involved. The outcome of these negotiations is the leasing of the park to the City of West Hollywood, to develop as part of a network of pocket parks throughout the City. This effort also helped Habitat Group Los Angeles take advantage of certain incentives and zoning concessions for the proposed building.
This project presents a challenging but influential opportunity in regards to the creation and inclusion of an urban park in a private development. The park is accessible to the public at large, not solely residents with granted permission.
Formosa 1140 contains within its own genetic code the imprint of a larger urban design that will offer some kind of public space back to the city and in so doing, distribute a patchwork of parks across Los Angeles’s formidable grid.
Products in this project
- Dual-Flush Toilets by Toto
- Tankless Water Heaters by Reinex
- Exterior Cladding: Wood Stained Cedar Siding by Shiplap
- Perforated and Solid Corrugated Metal Panels (factory paint finish) by Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation
- FSC-Certified Wood Flooring by Premier Flooring
- Locksets by Schlage
- Aluminum Windows by Milgard
- Pulls by K&B International, Inc.
- Locksets by Ives
- Metal Doors by Metal Window Corporation
- Aluminum Windows by Metal Window Corporation
- Custom Thermafoil Cabinetry by K&B International, Inc.
- Locksets by Metal Window Corporation
Lighting, Heating, Home/building automation: LED Rope Lighting, Serge Mouille Lighting, Prolighting, Intense Lighting, Artemide
- Interior Ambient Lighting by LED Rope Lighting
- Dining room wall light by Serge Mouille Lighting
- Exterior Lighting by Prolighting
- Recessed Downlights by Intense Lighting
- Exterior Lighting by Artemide
- Roof Decks by Ipe
- Elevators by Otis
- Paints and Stains by Frazee Paint
- Bathroom Floor and wall tile by Atlas Concorde