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Metro at Western Housing / the architects collective

Metro at Western Housing / the architects collective

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Los Angeles, United States
  • Design Team:Richard Prantis, Matthew Donnachie, Fabiola Esquivel, Stephen Ramirez, Carla Cortes, Andrew Crane, Tina Alimirazaee, Houra Khani
  • Clients:Meta Housing
  • Consultants:CalSolar, Biohabitats
  • City:Los Angeles
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Text description provided by the architects. Located in close proximity to the MTA Exposition Line Expo / Western station, the project is situated along a bustling commercial corridor of neighborhood-serving mom-and-pop shops on Western Blvd. The project illustrates a diagrammatic approach to design, starting with the essential building blocks of the program, which are then shaped by the external constraints that act upon it. The project provides 16 two- and three-bedroom units for families and 16 one-bedroom units for homeless veterans. 

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Floor Plan 1
Floor Plan 1
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The program also includes social services, a community room, a 2nd-floor garden terrace, and a roof deck. Three stories of high-density apartment stock are placed over a ground-level parking podium. The residential floors feature open-ended corridors to provide ample cross-ventilation throughout the length of the building. External forces, such as the fine texture and smaller scale of adjacent single-family residences, and the traffic speeding by on Western, push and pull on the massing, refining its form. 

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The forces generate a roof deck on the south end of the structure as well as an overhanging front façade, creating the opportunity for a green landscaped corridor at the pedestrian level. A narrow courtyard adjoins the backside of the building on the second level, providing a garden refuge lifted above ground level and sheltered from public view. The main façade can be read as a blank white canvas punctuated by openings, bordered by projecting shading fins, interacting with the environment and creating a pixelating effect that pops with color.

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Floor Plan 4
Floor Plan 4
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Address:3671 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90018, United States

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Cite: "Metro at Western Housing / the architects collective" 03 Feb 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/932949/metro-at-western-housing-the-architects-collective> ISSN 0719-8884

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