Project published in Form&Data Collective Housing Projects: An Anatomical Review
March 13, 2017
Photo: Iwan Baan
This hall of residence for UCLA students and professors is inserted into a sloping wedge-shaped plot facing the Strathmore Apartments, Richard Neutra,1937, in Los Angeles.
The constraints of the site mean the volume must be fragmented in order to adapt to the different levels of the site straddling Strathmore Drive and Levering Avenue.
The solution adopted by Lorcan O'Herlihy involves creating an interior street which divides the initial triangular volume into two strips with each one running parallel to the two streets bordering the plot.
The difference in levels enables the ground floor, containing the activity and leisure areas, to be partially underground.
The volumes elevated on the site are adapted to the slope by creating a stepped four-section profile with terraced roofs on top of each apartment.
The peculiarity of the site called for the design of a stepped block, based on the generic basic shape of the long block whose central corridor is preserved and converted to a semi-open gallery.
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