The project is located in a multi-family area of Brentwood, Los Angeles. The residual of a three-way lot split, the site is only 47’-6”x75’-0”, less than half the size of a typical lot in this area. The brief asked for the maximum permissible development on a severely constricted reverse corner lot on the last undeveloped parcel in a very desirable neighborhood. There is a noteworthy disjunction here between high real estate values and the lack of quality of the existing building stock of 1970’s condominium construction.
Multi-family housing design poses a fundamental problem in the negotiation of exterior envelope composition with interior programmatic relationships. Economically and functionally driven projects result in designs devoid of traditional notions of order, a condition typical of late 20th century multi-family neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Our design addresses this issue by critically embracing the appearance of disorder. The use of a rigorously structured module of windows and metal panels provides visual structure as well as economies of repetition. Moreover, the creation of an irregular textural language allows the positioning of exterior openings in relation to interior spaces without being tied to traditional methodologies of façade composition.