INDIVIDUAL STUDIO PROJECT (FALL 2015)
transformed from my precedent of la barcelonetta, stacked boxes, with skewed windows, along narrow walkable streets create an unprecedented, livable density for los angeles.
like many slowly gentrifying neighborhoods, residents of the area are beginning to separate into those of the original working class and those of the incoming creative class. both have different visions of the future for frogtown but neither wants high density in their neighborhood for fear of disruption to the character.
i saw this as a challenge, however, to provide a density that improved the quality of living in frogtown and provided the scale of housing necessary to keep new units affordable. the stacking of small boxes along narrow, car-free streets allows for first floor programs of offices, commercial spaces, daycares, and community centers to be added to the neighborhood. residential units of no more than 5 storeys in height rise above, gradually decreasing in height to provide accessible roof terraces and views.
critic: roger sherman