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Formosa 1140

Formosa 1140 is a second riff on the courtyard housing typology by LOHA. In this reiteration, the courtyard is opened out to a small pocket park, which the developer donated to the City of West Hollywood. Locating the building on the property’s northern edge, the Architect was able to devote one-third of the parcel to the public park, while creating eleven units on the remaining portion of the parcel. The striking four-story building, clad in red metallic panels is organized linearly to provide park frontage and cross-ventilation for each unit. External circulation is used as a buffer between public and private realms and articulated through the layering of perforated metal panels interspersed by a field of openings in the decorative skin. The careful placement of outer skin panels, extending punctuating balconies and inner skin fenestration creates a choreographed effect, which both reveals and conceals. The skin also acts as a shade screen, allowing for passive cooling of the west facing units.

Location: West Hollywood
Year of Completion: 2008
Asset Type: Conventional Multifamily
Building: 16,000+ SF
Number of units: 11

Accolades:

  • 2015 AZ AWARD OF MERIT · Multi-Family Residential Project
  • 2013 WORLD ARCHITECTURE NEWS · WAN Residential Awards Short List
  • 2012 AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS: CALIFORNIA COUNCIL · Design Award for Residential Design
  • 2011 Honorable Mention (Metalmag Architectural Awards)
  • 2010 Residential Architect Design Award (Architect Magazine)
  • 2010 AIA NATIONAL HOUSING AWARD  · 2010 AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS: CALIFORNIA COUNCIL · Merit Award
  • 2010 RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECT DESIGN AWARDS · Grand Award
  • 2009 ARCHITECT MAGAZINE · Annual Design Review
  • 2009 AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS: LOS ANGELES · Merit Award
  • 2009 LOS ANGELES BUSINESS COUNCIL · Award of Excellence
  • 2009 ARCHITECT MAGAZINE · Annual Design Review
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