Launch Slideshow

By moving the courtyard to the side of the property and designating it for both the residents and the larger public, O'Herlihy tweaked standard distinctions between public and private land.

Formosa 1140

Formosa 1140

  • By moving the courtyard to the side of the property and designating it for both the residents and the larger public, O'Herlihy tweaked standard distinctions between public and private land.

    http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/tmp988%2Etmp_tcm48-399942.jpg

    true

    By moving the courtyard to the side of the property and designating it for both the residents and the larger public, O'Herlihy tweaked standard distinctions between public and private land.

    600

    Lawrence Anderson / Esto

    By moving the courtyard to the side of the property and designating it for both the residents and the larger public, O'Herlihy tweaked standard distinctions between public and private land.

  • Balconies and perforations animate the project's elevations.

    http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/tmp987%2Etmp_tcm48-399933.jpg

    true

    Balconies and perforations animate the project's elevations.

    600

    Lawrence Anderson / Esto

    Balconies and perforations animate the project's elevations.

  • A ground floor and site plan of the project.

    http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/tmp98C%2Etmp_tcm48-399978.jpg

    true

    A ground floor and site plan of the project.

    600

    Courtesy Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

    A ground-floor plan and site plan of the project.

  • A section drawing of the building shows its cross-ventilation, its relationship to the park, and its parking arrangement.

    http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/tmp98A%2Etmp_tcm48-399960.jpg

    true

    A section drawing of the building shows its cross-ventilation, its relationship to the park, and its parking arrangement.

    600

    Courtesy Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

    A section drawing of the building shows its cross-ventilation, its relationship to the park, and its parking arrangement.

  • Formosa 1140's vibrant red metal facade, says architect Lorcan O'Herlihy, was "a readily available and cost-effective solution" to the challenge of finding a suitable exterior material.

    http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/tmp985%2Etmp_tcm48-399915.jpg

    true

    Formosa 1140's vibrant red metal facade, says architect Lorcan O'Herlihy, was "a readily available and cost-effective solution" to the challenge of finding a suitable exterior material.

    600

    Lawrence Anderson / Esto

    Formosa 1140's vibrant red metal façade, says architect Lorcan O'Herlihy, was "a readily available and cost-effective solution" to the challenge of finding a suitable exterior material.

  • External circulation spaces supply opportunities for casual socializing.

    http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/tmp98B%2Etmp_tcm48-399969.jpg

    true

    External circulation spaces supply opportunities for casual socializing.

    600

    Lawrence Anderson / Esto

    External circulation spaces supply opportunities for casual socializing.

  • A series of screens along the exterior hallways serves to partially block the sun.

    http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/tmp98D%2Etmp_tcm48-399987.jpg

    true

    A series of screens along the exterior hallways serves to partially block the sun.

    600

    Lawrence Anderson / Esto

    A series of screens along the exterior hallways serves to partially block the sun.

  • Double-height living rooms allow ample views onto the landscaped park, which is maintained using city funds.

    http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/tmp98E%2Etmp_tcm48-399996.jpg

    true

    Double-height living rooms allow ample views onto the landscaped park, which is maintained using city funds.

    600

    Lawrence Anderson / Esto

    Double-height living rooms allow ample views onto the landscaped park, which is maintained using city funds.

  • The judges particularly enjoyed this early sketch of the building skin.

    http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/tmp986%2Etmp_tcm48-399924.jpg

    true

    The judges particularly enjoyed this early sketch of the building skin.

    600

    Courtesy Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

    The judges particularly enjoyed this early sketch of the building skin.

  • Another view of the landscaped pocket park.

    http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/tmp98F%2Etmp_tcm48-400005.jpg

    true

    Another view of the landscaped pocket park.

    600

    Lawrence Anderson / Esto

    Another view of the landscaped pocket park.

  • The bedrooms are spare and stylish.

    http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/tmp990%2Etmp_tcm48-400014.jpg

    true

    The bedrooms are spare and stylish.

    600

    Lawrence Anderson / Esto

    The bedrooms are spare and stylish.

lorcan o’herlihy architects, culver city, calif.

With this West Hollywood, Calif., multifamily project, Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA, turns the concept of courtyard housing on its head—or, rather, on its side. He and developer Richard Loring opted to pull the building’s outdoor space to one side of the lot, rather than leaving it in the middle as conventional courtyard projects do. They then worked out a deal with the city to turn this slice of land into a public park, accessible by both the residents and the larger community. “It’s a public pocket park on private land,” O’Herlihy says.

The stacked, two-story units all overlook the 4,600-square-foot park, and each one benefits from generous cross-ventilation. The structure’s corrugated, perforated metal skin mediates the dynamic, layered façade; according to O’Herlihy, its bright red color was inspired by the exterior hue of an iconic restaurant down the block. One judge expressed a desire to live in the 11-unit building himself. “It’s young, hip, and fun,” said another juror. “It’s more than the sum of its parts.”

O’Herlihy hopes his unorthodox public-private space strategy will be adopted on a larger scale. “There’s no reason this couldn’t continue,” he says. “It could be like a genetic code for offering public spaces. There could be a network of parks across L.A.”


Project Credits
principal in charge: Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, www.loharchitects.com
project team: Katherine Williams, LEED AP, Kevin Tsai, Evan Brinkman, Kevin Southerland, AIA, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
developer: Richard Loring, Assoc. AIA, Habitat Group Los Angeles, Los Angeles
general contractor: Richard Loring, Assoc. AIA, Archetype, Los Angeles
landscape architect: Katherine Spitz, AIA, ASLA, Katherine Spitz Associates, Marina del Rey, Calif.
project size: 1,300 to 1,550 square feet per unit
site size: 0.3 acre
construction cost: $240 per square foot
sales price: $550,000 to $700,000 per unit
units in project: 11
photography: Lawrence Anderson/Esto

Product Details
bathroom and kitchen cabinets: K&B International Inc.; bathroom and kitchen fittings: Hansgrohe www.hansgrohe-usa.com; bathroom fixtures: K&B International Inc., TOTO USA www.totousa.com; countertops: CaesarStone USA www.caesarstoneus.com/]; dishwasher: KitchenAid www.kitchenaid.com; doors: Metal Window Corp. www.metalwindowcorp.com; elevator: Otis Elevator Co.; exterior siding: Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp. www.metalsales.us.com; flooring (ceramic tile/stone/concrete): Atlas Concorde USA www.atlasconcorde.it; flooring (wood): Premier Flooring Solutions www.pfsfloors.com; garage doors: The Cookson Co. www.cooksondoor.com; hardware: Ives Residential consumer.schlage.com/brands/iveshome.htm, Metal Window Corp. www.metalwindowcorp.com, Schlage Lock Co. www.schlage.com; hvac equipment: Carrier Corp. www.carrier.com; insulation: The Dow Chemical Co. building.dow.com, Owens Corning www.owenscorning.com; lighting fixtures: Artemide U.S.A. www.artemide.us; oven/range, refrigerator: Bosch Home Appliances www.bosch-home.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Frazee Paint www.frazee.com; roofing: GAF Materials Corp. www.gaf.com; water heater: Rinnai America Corp. www.foreverhotwater.com; windows: Milgard Windows & Doors www.milgard.com

View the next 2010 rada winner.