2014 BOY Winner: Apartment Building

PROJECT NAME Courtyard at La Brea
LOCATION Los Angeles
FIRMS , John V. Mutlow Architects
SQ. FT. 50,000 SQF

When it comes to residential work, Patrick Tighe does more than just high-end. He’s also completed three affordable-housing projects, teaming up for the latest with , who has some senior housing to his credit. The architects’ philosophies overlap in that they believe that design should never be compromised. Which is extremely evident in this mixed-use building, which offers 32 apartments, won via a lottery, for homeless LGBT youths, the disabled, and people with HIV/AIDS.


Situated at a prominent intersection, the 50,000-square-foot develop­ment for the West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation is even more of a beacon due to a corner elevator tower wrapped in a composition of overlapping aluminum ribbons lit by integral LEDs. The adjacent facade’s balconies recede behind a system of aluminum screens, their laser-cut pattern “an abstraction of the ribbons,” Tighe says.


Both he and Mutlow deemed outdoor connections vital. So the apartments, stacked for a rational and cost-effective layout, surround a planted courtyard. There’s no roof terrace, however. That space is occupied by photovoltaic panels that provide electricity and free hot water to all residents.


Project Team: Alan Dana; Andrea Urmanita; Shahab Adeli: . Evelina Sausina; Chia Min Wang; William Hu; Nelson Almandrez; Haleh Olfati; Kervin Lau; Michael Ho; Ted Digiralomo; Hector Compagna; Grant Nunalee: .

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