28th Street Apartments
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. Today, the building provides supportive housing and ground floor community programs.
Key historic features were restored and housing units enlarged, 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. Some perforations are tabbed rather than punctured to create a secondary pattern abstracted from the cast stone reliefs on the historic building.
Completed 2012, LEED Gold
Los Angeles, California
Clifford Beers Housing
49 Units, 38,000 SF New Construction + Renovation
AWARDS + RECOGNITION
2016 Architizer A+ Jury’s Choice Award: Architecture + Preservation
2014 AIA National Housing Award
2014 AIA | HUD Secretary’s Housing And Community Design Award
2013 AIA California Council Merit Award
2013 California Preservation Award
2013 City of Los Angeles Historic Preservation Award
2013 Australian Institute of Architecture International Award Finalist