AVA LA Arts District
Location: Los Angeles, CaliforniaSize: 565,000 sf, 475 Live/Work unitsStatus: EntitlementsProgram: Live/Work Units with ground floor commercial space and multiple indoor and outdoor spaces dedicated to arts, production, and personal wellnessClient: AvalonBay Communities
Buildings on a Building
AVA LA Arts District was conceived as a base camp for a wide range of creators and artists. The seven-story development provides multiple indoor and outdoor spaces dedicated to arts, production, and personal wellness on site. Inspired by the contextual materiality and fenestration techniques exhibited throughout the half square mile area, the conceptual approach for the building is best described as “Buildings on a Building.”
Concrete and fibre cement paneling reinforce the base of the project as a solid platform for the lighter white and black metal upper buildings to reside. The idea draws from the long-standing tradition of commandeering rooftops of industrial buildings for new development atop the expansive warehouse and factory floor plates found throughout the neighborhood.