Dutch-Style Streets Come to LA

External render of the development. Image Courtesy of

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

© Laure Joliet

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

Pitfire Pizza / Bestor Architecture

© Ray Katchatorian

Architects: Bestor Architecture
Project Location: , California,
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