Multifamily / Merit
Drawing inspiration from the eclecticism of Venice, Calif., Equinox Architecture designed Abbot Kinney Lofts as an antidote to the stark white contemporary boxes going up in the neighborhood.
Adaptable to owners' changing needs, the 20-foot-wide units are a mix of exposed elements on the lower levels, but transition to warmer materials and a more residential layout on the upper floors. “The materials are honest and true and pick up on industrial loft living,” says Jim Gelfat. The lofts' materials reference the area's commercial pedigree, but a warm, rusted steel-and-ceramic mural depicting Venice street life gives back to the community in a personal way.
The judges praised the connection to the street: “There's a lot going on,” said one, “but not too much.”