Michael Maltzan Architecture
Five floors of residential units, arranged in a
partially open U-shaped configuration, cradle a central
Situated in an area of downtown Los Angeles fast becoming one of the largest homeless populations in the country, Skid Row Housing Rainbow Apartments examines the role of creating space of transformation with an extreme socio-economic and urban context.
As a dense 6-story mass, Skid Row Housing, is comprised of 88
transitional housing units with a series of communal spaces such as
a dining area, communal kitchen, meeting rooms, outdoor gathering
areas, and laundry facilities. In addition, the building
incorporates offices and conference rooms on the ground floor to
provide social services and workshops for tenants as part of their
assistance in transitioning back into society.
The project addresses how to counteract the insularity and
hermetic nature of resident's daily lives amid concerns over safety
and security by introducing openness and social spaces in an effort
to enable their reintegration into public life.
Arranged in a partially open U-shaped configuration, five floors of residential units cradle a central courtyard above a socle of parking and administrative functions on the ground floor.
A chain of public spaces and exterior gathering areas are carved
out or extruded from the mass to erode the building's apparent
solidity, creating varying depths of connection and views between
the internal life in the courtyard and the world outside.
Facts about Rainbow Apartments
Last updated: December 19, 2013
New York, NY, USA