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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appliances: Bertazzoni,, Bosch,, Fagor,, GE,, InSinkErator,; bath and plumbing fixtures: American Standard,, Bobrick,, Chicago Faucets,, Delta,, Grohe,, Kohler,, TOTO USA,; carpet: Mohawk Flooring,; countertops: Caesarstone,; doors: Anemostat Door Products,, McKeon Door Co.,, Nationwide Industries,, Timely,, TM Cobb,, Total Door Systems,, Steelcraft Manufacturing,; elevators: ThyssenKrupp,; flooring: Armstrong,, Walker Zanger,; glazing: PPG,; hardware: Elmes,, Ives,, Johnson Hardware,, LCN,, Monarch,, Pemko,, Rixson,, Schlage,, Trimco,; hvac equipment: Mitsubishi,; insulation: Johns Manville,; lighting fixtures: Bega,, Belfer,, Capri Lighting,, Delray Lighting,, Halo,, Lightway,, Lutron,, Presolite,, Prudential Lighting,, Shaper Lighting,, Stonco,; masonry: Angeles Block Co.,; paints/stains/wall finishes: AFM Safecoat,, Dunn-Edwards,; roofing: APOC,, CertainTeed,, GAF,; skylights: Bristolite,, Solatube,; solar: Kyocera,; tile: Daltile,; windows: Fleetwood,, Milgard,, United States Aluminum Corp.,; wood: Weyerhaeuser,