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Pico Place / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

Pico Place / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

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Santa Monica, United States
  • Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  38250 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013
  • Photographs photographs:  John Linden
  • Project Design Team: Mark Buckland, Ching Luk, Silke Clemens, Brad Buter
  • Landscape: PEG Office of Landscape + Architecture
  • Structural Engineering : Weidlinger Associates
  • Mechanical, Electrical And Plumbing: E2DI
  • Civil Engineering : Barbara Hall
  • Roofing: IRC
  • Acoustics: Veneklasen Associates
  • Specifications: Phil Easton
  • General Contractor: Morley Construction
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Text description provided by the architects. Pico Place is a 32-unit LEED Platinum affordable apartment building consisting of 2 and 3-bedroom family units with a common laundry room, community room and subterranean parking.

© John Linden
© John Linden

The project provides a connection between the tall Sheraton hotel to the east and the beach to the west by placing the building volume on each side of the property and opening up the project’s center to create an enclosed, residential interior courtyard. 

© John Linden
© John Linden

Strips of fabric floating above the courtyard offer a variation in material and a sense of place while shading the courtyard and providing privacy from the hotel overlooking the building.  By placing a one-story community room along Pico Blvd., and creating a ‘frame’ that unifies the project, the interior courtyard can be seen from the street, while also remaining semi-private.  

© John Linden
© John Linden

This allows courtyard activity to spill out to, and provides a pedestrian connection with Pico Blvd., protecting the residential properties across the alley from the courtyard noise and activity. 

© John Linden
© John Linden

The major exterior material consists of recycled cement board siding in different colors and textures, creating an elegant façade that is contextual and varied, and which complements the surrounding buildings and uses.  

© John Linden
© John Linden

The parking is accessed from the rear alley, and drought tolerant/native landscaping provides a rich living environment for the people that will live here and provide a transition from the busy commercial area immediately to the west, to the residential district to the south and east.


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Address: 430 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405, United States

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Cite: "Pico Place / Brooks + Scarpa Architects" 13 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/476121/pico-place-brooks-scarpa-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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