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Another view of the landscaped courtyard, which is accessible from each of the building's 42 units.

West Hollywood Housing, West Hollywood, Calif.

West Hollywood Housing, West Hollywood, Calif.

  • Rather than viewing photovoltaic panels as something to hide, architec Patrick Tighe transformed them into a key design element on the rooftop and side of the building.

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    Rather than viewing photovoltaic panels as something to hide, architec Patrick Tighe transformed them into a key design element on the rooftop and side of the building.

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    Rather than viewing photovoltaic panels as something to hide, architec Patrick Tighe transformed them into a key design element on the rooftop and side of the building.

  • The courtyard provides a place of sanctuary for the special-needs residents. Floating light fixtures add to the contemplative, otherworldly feeling.

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    The courtyard provides a place of sanctuary for the special-needs residents. Floating light fixtures add to the contemplative, otherworldly feeling.

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    The courtyard provides a place of sanctuary for the special-needs residents. Floating light fixtures add to the contemplative, otherworldly feeling.

  • Another view of the landscaped courtyard, which is accessible from each of the building's 42 units.

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    Another view of the landscaped courtyard, which is accessible from each of the building's 42 units.

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    Another view of the landscaped courtyard, which is accessible from each of the building's 42 units.

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    Dynamically patterned metal screens on the front elevation help the project assert itself on a wide, well-trafficked boulevard.

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    The project’s site plan.

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    The building served as the pilot project for West Hollywood’s Green Building Ordinance. Strategies for sustainability, including photovoltaic panels, solar hot water, and passive cooling, are integrated into the design.

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    The metal screen supplies shading while permitting light and fresh air into the units.

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    The units feature semi-private outdoor spaces.

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    A unit interior. “It’s a very dense building, and we wanted to get light and ventilation into every unit,” Tighe says.

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    A diagram showing the building’s layered structure.

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    The floor plan for a typical unit.

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santa monica, calif.

The judges admired this special-needs affordable housing project’s lush courtyard and patterned façade. Its 42 units all open onto the courtyard, which serves as a quiet sanctuary for the residents. This space contrasts with the front elevation, which holds its own on busy Santa Monica Boulevard. “We wanted the building to have a presence on the boulevard, so the thought was to make a very bold façade,” says architect Patrick Tighe, AIA. Sustainable features include photovoltaic panels that wrap one side of the building. “There are so many beautiful things about this project,” said one judge.


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