Belmar Apartments

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Part of an ambitious goal to create a new sustainable neighborhood in Santa Monica, the Belmar provides 160 units of affordable housing. The project was developed through a public/private partnership on City owned land, with the City leveraging its interest to achieve an unusually high proportion of affordable units- 50%.

The masterplan, generated through a community design process, is organized around a public walk street, which anchors affordable housing to the south and market rate condominiums to the north.

The project fronts the walk street and negotiates a sloping triangular site wedged between existing office buildings. Manipulation of the grade change shapes a central courtyard to achieve the required unit count within strict height limits. Savings from the efficient plan bought structurally expensive cantilevers that release more ground level open space.


Completed 2014, LEED Gold

Santa Monica, California

Related Companies, City of Santa Monica

Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners

160 Affordable Units, 189,000 SF Masterplan

2016  Urban Land Institute Global Award For Excellence
2016  Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards
2016  Gold Nugget Best Affordable Housing Community Merit Award
2015  AIA California Council Urban Design Award
2015  Los Angeles Business Council Community Impact Award
2015  Westside Urban Forum Award
2014  USGBC Sustainable Innovation Award
2014  AIA California Council Honor Award

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