• M.Arch I (SCI-Arc), B.Sc (School of Interactive Arts and Technology)

  • Los Angeles Apartments
    723 7th St.,
    Los Angeles, CA

    This apartment housing project is a design with a specific focus on manipulating differentiation through repeating elements. The exploded axonometric below reveals the exhaustive repetition occurring within the project, the three "trays" of units acting as modulars of three floors, mirrored and repeated. The elevation images reveal the differentiation achieved despite the repetitive components, the "tendril" circulation adapting fluidly and with great flexibility according to the challenges presented by the fixed unit components.

    The project was devised entirely through programmatic concerns, with the original designs for the unit typologies resulting from practical space "blocks." This led to three unit typologies, which became the backbone of the primary massing. The building was then "filled" with secondary massing, the unit forms resulting directly from the original three typologies - slicing and reshaping the original three provided forms that were easily adaptable due to the early attention paid to the programmatic concerns and spatial requirements. This gave the project a "family tree" of parts, all resulting from the lineage of the three typologies and the original programmatic considerations.

Above: Exploded axonometric: By isolating the parts, the repetitive nature of the project is exposed. Circulation, and primary and secondary massing are all mirrored and repeated. However, the black solid/void slices in plan and section reveal the differentiation occurring in the building.
Below: Render view. The site posed specific challenges by "boxing in" the architecture of any potential solution.

Above: Elevations: The differentiation achieved in the facades and in the interior circulation is revealed through elevation.
Below: Typical plan: The plan begins to reveal the complexity of the building's circulation. Five levels of entry/exit are coordinated for each tray, with up-and-down movement in the circulatory paths.

Above: Diagrammatic plans: These drawings illustrate the complexity of circulation by revealing the five different levels of circulatory paths that are coordinated for each "tray" of units.
Below: Section.

Above: Individual unit diagrams and plans.
Below: Early formal considerations.