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Residents of the Lofts at Cherokee Studios can change the building's exterior appearance by opening or closing their units' perforated metal screens.

Lofts at Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles

Lofts at Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles

  • Residents of the Lofts at Cherokee Studios can change the building's exterior appearance by opening or closing their units' perforated metal screens.

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    Residents of the Lofts at Cherokee Studios can change the building's exterior appearance by opening or closing their units' perforated metal screens.

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    John Edward Linden Photography

    Residents of the Lofts at Cherokee Studios can change the building's exterior appearance by opening or closing their units' perforated metal screens.

  • Another look at the building's bifold aluminum panels.

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    Another look at the building's bifold aluminum panels.

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    Another look at the building's bifold aluminum panels.

  • A view of the front elevation with all metal screens closed.

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    A view of the front elevation with all metal screens closed.

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    A view of the front elevation with all metal screens closed.

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    A floor plan of the building’s second level.

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    The mixed-use, infill project features retail and parking on the ground floor and an underground parking level.

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    The spaces between the building’s structure and skin serve as private porches.

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    A central courtyard contains green roofs and outdoor circulation areas.

  • Kitchen backsplashes of recycled skateboards represent one of many environmentally friendly material choices. Energy-efficient strategies such as green roofs, a reflective roof, solar panels, and cellulose insulation (among others) should also help the building achieve LEED Platinum status, according to Brooks  Scarpa.

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    Kitchen backsplashes of recycled skateboards represent one of many environmentally friendly material choices. Energy-efficient strategies such as green roofs, a reflective roof, solar panels, and cellulose insulation (among others) should also help the building achieve LEED Platinum status, according to Brooks Scarpa.

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    Tara Wujcik

    Kitchen backsplashes of recycled skateboards represent one of many environmentally friendly material choices. Energy-efficient strategies such as green roofs, a reflective roof, solar panels, and cellulose insulation (among others) should also help the building achieve LEED Platinum status, according to Brooks + Scarpa.

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    The site plan for the Lofts at Cherokee Studios.

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    A section drawing of the project.

brooks + scarpa
santa monica, calif.

The movable, perforated metal skin of this 12-unit, mixed-use building in Los Angeles captured the judges’ attention. “It’s very elegant,” said one juror. “A very nice solution.” Architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa devised the owner-controlled, bifold aluminum panels as a way of increasing the project’s engagement with the street, from various points of view. “As you move past it at different speeds—walking and in the car—you get a different perception of the façade,” says principal Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA. The skin also provides shading and privacy while allowing natural light, fresh air, and views.


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