McLaughlin Apartments

Located at the main intersection of McLaughlin Ave. and Victoria Blvd., this building design explores the idea of the fragmented whole.  The entrance to the front lobby space, defined at the corner by a large wooden mass, lays down the base for the building blocks stacked together above. The main core of the building splits the front building elevation in two while the playful roof structure stitches the multiple parts back together.

 

The (technically) 4-story multi-family complex, with 21 units including 3 affordable units, sits atop two levels of parking. The building has its side yards built up to cover more than 50% of its perimeter which, through the Los Angeles building code, thus allowing the ground level to counts as a basement level. This maximizes the potential buildable area above and ultimately allots an extra built level in the residential zone.