This project brings public and affordable housing footsteps from a subway station and the iconic MacArthur Park. The site planning and architecture required creative thinking and intricate engineering solutions to build above an existing subway tunnel and Metro station. The shallow metro tunnel required that all new replacement parking be constructed in an above-ground podium. New retail spaces line the podium along 7th Street and Westlake to enliven the streetscape.
New units pay homage to the California courtyard typology with large windows that frame this view, as well as those of the Downtown LA skyline and intimate new landscaped courtyards. Even with its 60-unit/acre density, every unit is provided with natural ventilation and direct access to courtyard space. Each family has their own front door, sharing outdoor playgrounds and indoor recreational rooms. The project is a perfect example of a new generation of high quality, transit-friendly affordable housing in Los Angeles.