Los Angeles, California, USA
“A profound pleasure of those tasks is the need for—and depth of—their visible presence,” added Michael B. Lehrer, founder of Lehrer Architects.
“Each software in our visible palette was employed beginning with perspective, procession, and coloration. If magnificence breeds honor and respect, there aren’t any extra deserving teams than our sisters and brothers on the streets.”
Led by Lehrer Architects and the Metropolis of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering to rework undesirable, unwieldy, and “seemingly ineffective” plots of land into dignified, design-forward communities for Angelenos transitioning out of homelessness reveals no indicators of slowing down.
In simply seven months, the group, joined by Ford Building, has accomplished a complete of 4 experimental enclaves that include diminutive modular dwellings with the newest being close to Saticoy Road and Whitsett Avenue in North Hollywood.
Lehrer, who founded the firm with the belief that there are no “throwaway spaces,” has managed in a short time to take several derelict parcels and convert them into living spaces for 1,047 members of the city’s most vulnerable community.
The architects say their desire is to create a greater sense of dignity throughout the community by providing housing that is both personal and brightly colored.
The debut of the most recent neighborhood, dubbed the Whitsett Tiny Houses Village, in September got here simply weeks earlier than L.A.’s inaugural tiny house-based transitional housing advanced, the half-acre Chandler Tiny Houses Village,
Like Lehrer’s Chandler Tiny Homes Village in North Hollywood, the same polychromatic format has been repeated in Whitsett West.
Between the 4 accomplished villages, Lehrer Architects and the Metropolis of Angeles have introduced into existence 500 beds for these needing them essentially the most.
Stretched out in a narrow site that is in some places only a scant 20 feet wide, Whitsett West will house up to 150 residents inside 77 units at a previously disused plot of land along the 170 Freeway 15 miles north of Downtown Los Angeles.
The houses feature an ADA-compliant 8’ x 8’ layout inside of a sound barrier-protected plan that incorporates private storage, community spaces, sewage, and water systems to define the oddly-shaped but cohesive community.
Los Angeles is facing rising numbers of homelessness in a year that saw citywide efforts to rehouse a record number of people.
The city currently is looking to build no less than 255,000 units of affordable housing by the year 2029 and may look to bridge the service gap provided to residents experiencing homelessness through better temporary accommodations like the tiny homes and NAC Architecture’s 232-bed facility that was completed on Vignes Street in an abbreviated construction period of less than five months.
Project: Whitsett Tiny Houses Village
Architects: Lehrer Architects
Client: Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering