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%.
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.
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.