Location: Throughout South Los Angeles, Ca
Architect: Partner-in-Charge, Nerin Kadribegovic, AIA Lehrer Architects LA, Inc
MEP Engineer: WRL
Photography: Nerin Kadribegovic, AIA, Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA
Awards: Honor Award, Southern California Development Council, 2014
Honorable Mention Design Award, SCANHP, 2014
Judges Special Award of Excellence, Pacific Coast Builders Conference, 2014
Gold Nugget Merit Award, Pacific Coast Builders Conference, 2014
Award for ‘exceptional contribution’ in Chairman’s category, LABC, 2014
Set in challenging neighborhoods in need of respect and loving care, and built on extremely tight budgets, these catalytic new prototypes for urban-infill and affordable homeownership provide amenities and spatial qualities not usually found in this type of housing. Although intended for affordable homeownership, the design of these homes aims to honor the rudiments of good living – particularly in Southern California:
Though all prototypes are set in particularly tough neighborhoods of South Los Angeles, their design provides for integrated defensible space while maintaining openness and connection to outdoors. Street oriented open space, friendly pathways, fresh colors, and ample openings to the street take an aggressively optimistic attitude to each house’s neighborhood.
Using every tool in the architect’s palette—light and shadow, scale, proportion, shaped dramatic view-sheds, leaving no throwaway spaces, color, xeriscape planting and permeable surfaces—generous home-and-gardens are created that fit into existing neighborhoods while energizing and honoring them.
These prototypes show that dignity, sense of luxury and healthy living are not reserved for those at the top of the social ladder.