Affordable housing is a rare commodity on Los Angeles’ westside. The Venice Housing Community approached Brooks + Scarpa to build a 21 unit apartment complex for homeless families. The design is eco-conscious, with a “LEED for Homes” Gold Certification.
Vehicular parking has been scaled down to make room for additional bike storage. The complex features a recreation room, laundry room, and interview room.
One of the requirements for funding was that the edible garden receive 4 hours of sunlight on both equinoxes: spring and fall. The shadows of the building were simulated based on equinox sun patterns at the final address.
We introduced a triple heightened space, starting at the podium level, which is covered by the facade. The facade is comprised of 22 different 30ft perforated metal panels, which have been mirrored and set back 1ft. The first layer will be powder coated and the second will be anodized. Together, they create a Moiré pattern, which naturally filters the amount of light coming into the building over the course of the day.
Client/Owner: Venice Community Housing Corporation
Design Architect: Brooks + Scarpa
Project Design Team: Lawrence Scarpa, Angela Brooks, Emily Hodgdon, Brooklyn Short, Diane Thepkhounphithack, Mario Cipresso
Structural Engineer: John A. Martin & Associates
Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing Engineer: Innovative Engineering Group, Inc.
Irrigation: Sweeney & Associates
Civil Engineer: Barbara Hall
LEED Certification: Shellie Collier
Specifications: Philip Easton