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Mariposa1038 by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

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Mariposa1038 by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Photography by © Paul Vu

Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects designed this 32-Unit housing project in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Mariposa1038 is a continuation of LOHA’s interests in urban environments, this time playing with a pure volume within one of the densest neighborhoods in the country. Discover the complete story after the jump.

From the architects: As one of the densest neighborhoods in the country, Los Angeles’ Koreatown is at the forefront of changing modes of contemporary urban living. LOHA’s design for Mariposa1038 plays with this burgeoning area’s density with a pure cube extruded to fit tight on its lot, and then formed to gesture back to the public street and surrounding context.

To blur the distinction between the public and private sphere, LOHA pushed the cube inward on each of its sides, creating curves that grant relief from the sidewalk and return portions of the ground plane to the public realm.

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Balconies and window frames project outward to recapture the space between the new geometry and the property edge. Due to the building’s curves, LOHA offers each balcony a unique depth and view.

The white skin, reinforcing the purity of the structure’s form, is broken by a rhythm of select black treatment to the protruding boxes. Throughout the day, the movement of dark shadows across the white and black facades activates the project with a dynamic sense of constant rearrangement.

Internally, LOHA’s carved opening creates a central focal point for the building’s interior organization and lets natural light into the courtyard. The courtyard ribbon draws the eye upwards and creates continuity from floor to floor. Below the opening, a landscaped planter with integrated bench seating doubles as a rainwater collection system. All units have exterior access and can be cooled by holistic and sustainable methods of cross ventilation. A rooftop deck provides additional outdoor space and skyline views.

Internally, LOHA’s carved opening creates a central focal point for the building’s interior organization and lets natural light into the courtyard. The courtyard ribbon draws the eye upwards and creates continuity from floor to floor.

Below the opening, a landscaped planter with integrated bench seating doubles as a rainwater collection system.

A rooftop deck provides additional outdoor space and views of Downtown Los Angeles, the Wilshire Corridor, and the Santa Monica Mountains.

Mariposa1038 by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Photography by © Paul Vu

Mariposa1038 by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Photography by © Paul Vu

Mariposa1038 by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Photography by © Paul Vu

Mariposa1038 by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Photography by © Paul Vu

Mariposa1038 by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Photography by © Paul Vu

Mariposa1038 by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Photography by © Paul Vu

Mariposa1038 by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Photography by © Paul Vu

Mariposa1038 by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Photography by © Paul Vu

Mariposa1038 by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects Mariposa1038 by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects Mariposa1038 by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Client: Mana Hale, LLC
Architect: Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA] – www.loharchitects.com
Consultants: LINK Landscape (Landscape Architect), Amir Pirbadian
Inc. (Structural Engineer), Budlong & Associates (MEP Engineer), Harvey
Goodman Civil Engineering (Civil Engineer), Geocon West (Geotechnical
Engineer)
Location: Koreatown, Los Angeles, CA
Size: 68,000 SF
Program: 32-Unit Housing Project
Photography: Paul Vu

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