AIA|LA Tours: Star Apartments
May 6, 5:00-6:00PM
Downtown Los Angeles

AIA|LA Tours: Star Apartments

Friday, May 6th. 5:00-6:00PM
Downtown LA.
Designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. / Architect
Photo by Iwan Baan

Find tickets below! (Attendees of the same day Design for Dignity Conference save $10!)

Located in Los Angeles’ Skid Row neighborhood, Star Apartments transformed an existing single-story commercial building into a mixed-used residential complex with 102 apartments for formerly homeless individuals.  The six-story, 95,000 square foot building for the Skid Row Housing Trust sets a new model for housing, urbanism, and density within the city.

The building is organized around three spatial zones stacked one upon the other: a commercial/retail zone at street level; a second level for community programs; and four terraced floors of residences above. The first floor encompasses a residents’ lobby as well as the new headquarters of the LA County Department of Health Services Housing for Health Division with a medical clinic for the Skid Row community. The second floor features numerous common spaces for the building’s residents including open-air patios, a community kitchen, meeting room, art room, running/walking track, a pickle ball court and 2,000 square feet of edible gardens.

The LEED for Homes Platinum project, completed in 2014, was constructed using prefabricated modular units stacked on a new concrete superstructure. Individual units were built off-site, delivered to the project site, and craned into place.  The design facilitates a recovery process for residents based on positive re-socialization and healthy interpersonal relations with a strong emphasis on wellness. With terraces for communal and rehabilitative activities, the design maximizes natural light and ventilation and encourages safe social activities. Apartments are spacious and designed to promote independent, healthy living. The project seeks to improve the quality of life for residents and inspire a sense of pride, independence, and dignity.