Location: Alexandria Park, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, Ca
Architect: Partner-in-Charge, Nerin Kadribegovic, AIA, Lehrer Architects LA, Inc
Builder: Ford Construction
MEP Engineer: S&K Engineers
Civil Engineer: Barbara Hall & Associates, PE
Photography: Skyladder and Nerin Kadribegovic, AIA, Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA
Alexandria Park Tiny Homes Village honors the homeless community with its colorful palate and ample congregation spaces – it is a Bridge Home project utilizing Pallet Shelter units to house up to 200 occupants (103 during COVID occupancy limitations). The site was previously occupied by a large homeless community. The site selection allows the city to provide housing and services without displacing its clients while bringing much-needed utilities and other improvements to an under-developed and under-funded public space.
The design brings a bright and playful composition to an existing young park tree grove. Shelters are placed in a way to preserve the trees, utilizing their shade, and creating significant central community spaces. A Fire Access Lane is required due to the deep site and long access distance from Laurel Canyon Blvd., is leveraged as the organizing formal spine, and the Village’s main communal pedestrian boulevard, comparable to any of LA’s great pedestrian-oriented streets.