434 Apartments

This 20 unit complex was inspired by the housing developments of the 1920s and 1930s in the nearby Echo Park neighborhood, which consists of individual units, almost cabins, separated by open main and branch corridors built into a hillside. 
The façade is designed to conceal the building’s multi-unit function, with the curved steel wall that both shields and gestures to the entrance. A small-scale window reduces the building’s impact as it rises above the curving façade, while open corridors project past in the face of the building to the street.
While the design of the complex resists the influence of typical apartment housing, it is sympathetic to the surrounding context of single-family homes. The large south wall is sheathed with the same asphalt shingles that cover many nearly houses.
Last updated: 13-Aug-2013 11:40 AM