28th
Street
Apartments
EXTERIOR: ROOF DECK CONNECTING OLD AND NEW
EXTERIOR: ROOF DECK CONNECTING OLD AND NEW
EXTERIOR: PERFORATED ALUMINIUM SCREEN
EXTERIOR: ENTRANCE
EXTERIOR: SOLAR PANEL SYSTEM
DRAWINGS
BEFORE AND AFTER: EXTERIOR
BEFORE AND AFTER: GYM
INTERIORS: RESIDENT LOUNGE
INTERIORS: UNIT KITCHEN, MAIL ROOM, CIRCULATION
INTERIORS: CRCD PROGRAM SPACE
The restoration and expansion of a landmark YMCA
built in 1926 restores principal spaces, reconfigures
original housing, and innovatively adds replacement
units. The design re-establishes this building’s role
as an important community focus and brings living
quarters in compliance with contemporary standards.

This classic example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, designed by noted architect Paul R. Williams, provided the African American community recreational space and accommodations in the 1920s but by 2007 had fallen into disrepair. We restored exterior and key historic features and enlarged housing units, which necessitated a new residential wing. Inventive integration of new building systems released the existing rooftop for use as a garden and social space to link the historic building to new construction. The thin, cross-ventilated addition is shaded to the south by a vertical photovoltaic panel array and wrapped to the north with perforated metal screens that feather at the corners to frame views of the city.

STATUS
COMPLETED 2012, LEED GOLD

LOCATION
LOS ANGELES, CA

CLIENT
CLIFFORD BEERS HOUSING

PROGRAM
49 UNITS, 38,000 SF NEW CONSTRUCTION AND RENOVATION
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
2013 AIA LOS ANGELES HONOR AWARD
2013 AIA CALIFORNIA COUNCIL MERIT AWARD
2013 AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE AWARD FINALIST
2013 WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL HOUSING AWARD
2013 WESTSIDE URBAN FORUM AWARD
2013 LOS ANGELES BUSINESS COUNCIL
2013 CALIFORNIA PRESERVATION FOUNDATION AWARD
2013 LA CONSERVANCY PRESERVATION AWARD