Granada Hills Cooperative
The clients had a large parcel at the intersection of the 5 Freeway, the 14 Freeway, the 210 Freeway, the Santa Fe Railroad, and the California Aqueduct. Additionally, it was sandwiched between a massive landfill, a water treatment facility, a growing office park to the north, and high density suburban subdivisions. Despite the presence of this converging mass of infrastructure and density, the City of Los Angeles zoned the property as Agricultural —perhaps the last remaining property classified as such in the city. The clients pushed for more units than allowed — ultimately determining 10 units would be dedicated to a mixture of orchards, farming, and agriculture activities. Because of its proximity to the 5 Freeway (a perceived "entry" to Los Angeles from the north) the clients imagined the site being used as a demonstration property for cooperative living and farming arrangements. The goal of the architecture was to simultaneously create a building that offered identity to this site while partially blocking out the sound of the freeway to the units and open spaces just beyond.