Monterey Apartments

Due to its proximity to the Metro Gold Line and the Highland Park neighborhood, this project is designed as 13 micro-units, each with 4 small studio bedrooms attached to a common kitchen/living area. Residents are provided with many amenities, such as a central open air courtyard, gym, pool, spa, and backyard BBQ deck overlooking the Arroyo Seco. As the site constraints of this project were extremely confining — with the Arroyo Seco Park to the Northwest and a high-voltage power line immediately adjacent to the building, we sought to respond with a mass that takes full advantage of the available space while providing a sympathetic response to the surrounding neighborhood. The facade steps down towards the park, and slants away from Monterey Road and Avenue 60 with inset window frames with pops of color. The main building material, Hardi Board Half Round Shingles, is an off-the-shelf product that will be painted and patterned into a distinctive and dynamic façade.