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Dutch-Style Streets Come to LA

In the LA neighborhood of Echo Park, Bestor Architecture is bringing a new type of community-friendly, pedestrian-friendly development to the United States. The Blackbirds project is described by Barbara Bestor as introducing "stealth density" to the Echo Park neighborhood, imitating the size and roofline of the surrounding houses but incorporating multiple homes under one roof.

The design looks to the Dutch concept of the 'Woonerf', or living street, to propose a space which favors pedestrians and cyclists over cars, and features landscape design by Mia Lehrer + Associates, creating a communal space around which a 'micro-community' can thrive.

More on the design after the break

Toro Canyon House / Bestor Architecture

  • Architects: Bestor Architecture
  • Location: Santa Barbara County, CA, USA
  • Partner In Charge: Barbara Bestor
  • Project Manager / Architect: Selena Linkous
  • Project Team: Daniel Rabin
  • Area: 4700.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Laure Joliet

© Laure Joliet © Laure Joliet © Laure Joliet © Laure Joliet

Pitfire Pizza / Bestor Architecture

  • Architects: Bestor Architecture
  • Location: 4000-4026 Duquesne Ave, Culver City, CA 90232, USA
  • Architects: Bestor Architecture
  • Project Team: Barbara Bestor (Principal), Cathy Johnson (Project Architect), John Colter (Senior Designer)
  • Landscape Architect: Urban Organics Landscape Design, Nicholas Tan
  • Structural: Gordon Polon Engineering
  • Contractor: Colin Thompson
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Ray Katchatorian

© Ray Katchatorian © Ray Katchatorian © Ray Katchatorian © Ray Katchatorian