The emphasis on the creation of a thriving community requires that the building be both identifiable as a whole while at the same time allow the individuality of the residents to be identified. For that reason the exterior treatment incorporates features that would distinguish the private from the public and allow the different wings to be clearly different. The key functions such as stairs, elevator, circulation, common facilities, residential units are all treated differently in order to create a vocabulary of forms and colors that will allow both a clear identity and integrated whole.
The main idea of the building is to create a strong community of families by incorporating opportunities for interaction within the complex together with the careful integration into the existing urban fabric. The design incorporates a separation between the grade level of public oriented areas that relate to the commercial character of the neighborhood and the residential areas above on the upper levels.
THE WIND AND THE WATER OF THE SITE ARE A STRONG INSPIRATION IN BEGINNING TO CONCEPTUALIZE THE DESIGN OF THE SENIOR LIVING UNITS AND FACILITIES. THE IMAGES ON THESE PAGES SERVE AS EXAMPLES OF SOME OF KEY COMPONENTS DESIRED IN THE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN: MATERIALITY, QUALITY OF LIGHT, FRAMING OF VIEWS AND INTEGRATION WITH LANDSCAPE. ADDITIONALLY, BLENDING TRADITIONAL MATERIALS AND FORM WITH CONTEMPORARY STRUCTURES AND QUALITIES WILL CREATE A STRONG SENSE OF PLACE. BY DEVELOPING AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT IS A MODERN IMAGINATION OF THE OTHER HOMES INTHE DEVELOPMENT WILL PROVIDE THE SENIORS WITH TWO IMPORTANT THINGS: A SENSE OF UNIQUE IDENTITY AND COMFORT KNOWING THAT THEY ARE RESIDING IN MODERN FACILITIES DESIGNED JUST FOR THEIR NEEDS AND SECURITY.
This Site can only be afforded by 1% of Los Angeles Citizens.
Our culture, however, has figured out how to acquire what is beyond our means. Crowd Funding/Sourcing/Thinking has permeated our lives (Uber, ObamaCare, TEDxtalks). The future of LA is Crowd Living.
We have designed the Wealthy Favela, because in Los Angeles, homes replicate up hills. A house that affords the LA dweller(s) to Occupy an Icon and live the Californian indoor/outdoor style. A house built flexible enough for Roommates, Dual Families or a large Multi-Generation Family. The transformational abilities of the architecture allow the crowd to be the 1%.
This Seniors' Home required a total renovation of both the exterior and interior spaces. The exterior re-design included beautiful landscaping and community spaces while the interior saw a complete overhaul into stunning public spaces for all residents.
The Moonlight Villas project, developed by LAHP and Abbey Road of Penny Lane Centers is truly a special place. Caring for all sizes of familes, the building was defined by its site as much as its program. The units are cool respites from the notorious heat in the area and the triple width exterior corridors provide a safe area for children to play under a watchful eye. With active and large community areas, both interior and exterior, the residents will have no problem creating a vibrant community within the building. The site, a triangular hillside lot, allowed wonderful angles to be created and HC+RA took full advantage, shifting the buildings axis and incorporating a Saw Tooth roof design. With the facades using over 27 site contextual colors, the project hopes to kickstart the residents into a higher and happier quality of life.
Eucalyptus Park is a 93-unit seniors community located in Inglewood, CA. Check out our complete renovation designs for the entire campus!
This project involves a complete façade renovation for a designers' colony. Each unit is roughly 1,000 SF. The units are intended as starter studios for fashion designers and local artists. The front façade of the building is designed to be wrapped in angled wood paneling revealing large glass windows allowing light into the interior space.