Project: Carver Apartments Designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture Location: Los Angeles, CA Photo: Iwan Baan Website: www.mmaltzan.com Just south of Los Angeles’s fast growing downtown, and immediately adjacent to I-1- freeway, Skid Row Housing Trust’s 57,000 sf New Carver Apartments explores how architecture can both create new possibilities both for its highly vulnerable, dramatically undeserved residents and for the city as a whole. Continue for more info and images after the jump:
Situated nearly a mile from the heart of Skid Row, the project’s 97 units provide permanent housing for formerly homeless elderly and disabled residents, building a place for solace, support, and individual growth in the fact of the city’s chronic homeless problem. The project aims to construct not only a new optimism for public space and public housing in Los Angeles, but to form an armature for change through the architectural program, organization and form. By incorporating communal spaces – kitchens, dining areas, gathering spaces and gardens – into the Carver’s raised form, as well as medical and social services support facilities into the plinth beneath, the project allows its residents to not only begin to reconnect with each other, but to the larger city beyond. – from Michael Maltazan Architecture
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