Located in the heart of West Hollywood. this new eleven unit housing project emphasizes the central importance of shared open space for the residents and the community. Formosa takes what would be the internalized open space of the courtyard and moves it to the exterior of the building to create a park which occupies approximately one third (4.600 so of the project site.
As a result of shifting the common open space to the exterior and pushing the building to one side, units are organized linearly allowing for 'park frontage' and cross-ventilation for every unit. External circulation is used as a buffer between public and private realms and articulated through layers of perforated metal and small openings.
The careful placement of outer skin panels and inner skin fenestration creates a choreographed effect. both revealing and concealing. while achieving a unique expression of form and materials. The exterior skin also keeps west facing units cooler by acting as a screen and shading device.
The provision of this park space resulted in a series of negotiations between Habitat Group Los Angeles. LLC (Developer). LOHA (Architect) and the City from which a unique. more fluid, model of community pinning and development emerged to the benefit of all par ties involved. The outcome of these negotiations is the leasing of the park to the City of West Hollywood. to develop as pert of a network of pocket parks throughout the City. This effort also helped Habitat Group Los Angeles take advantage of certain incentives and zoning concessions for the proposed building.
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