THE SIX: Affordable Housing for Disabled Veterans
The SIX -Affordable Housing for Disabled Veterans- is a 52-unit affordable housing project provides a home, support services and rehabilitation for previously homeless and/or disabled veterans. It is located in the MacArthur Park area of Los Angeles. McArthur Park has one of the highest densities in the USA with over 38,000 people per square mile and a total population of 120,000 people in 2.72 square miles.
Offering shelter and comfort, The SIX breaks the prescriptive mold of the traditional shelter by creating public and private “zones” in which private space is deemphasized, in favor of large public areas. The organization of the space is intended to transform the way people live-away from a reclusive, isolating layout towards a community-oriented, interactive space.
The ground level contains offices, support spaces for the veterans, bike storage and parking while the second level has a large public courtyard. Surrounded by four levels of housing units with balconies wrapped with a wood screen made from recycle planking the courtyard has large openings with green roofs that visually connects the space to the street on the lower level beyond. This allows the tenants to enjoy a secured open space while still connecting to the larger community.
The uppermost level has a green roof, large public patio and edible garden with panoramic views of the area.
The SIX distinguishes itself from most conventionally developed projects in that it incorporates energy efficient measures that exceed standard practice, optimize building performance, and ensure reduced energy use during all phases of construction and occupancy. The planning and design of The SIX emerged from close consideration and employment of passive design strategies. These strategies include: locating and orienting the building to control solar cooling loads; shaping and orienting the building for exposure to prevailing winds; shaping the building to induce buoyancy for natural ventilation; designing windows to maximize day lighting; shading south facing windows and minimizing west-facing glazing; designing windows to maximize natural ventilation; utilizing low flow fixtures and storm water management; shaping and planning the interior to enhance daylight and natural air flow distribution. These passive strategies alone make this building 50% more efficient than a conventionally designed structure.
Housing for formerly homeless in MacArthur Park recognized by American Institute of Architects for excellence in design
Skid Row Housing Trust’s The Six, permanent supportive housing designed by Brooks + Scarpa for formerly homeless individuals and veterans in MacArthur Park, received the 2017 Institute Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) at the AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando, FL today. AIA’s Institute Honor Awards is one of the highest recognitions for excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design regardless of project’s budget, size, style, or type. Selected from roughly 700 submissions, The Six is one of 23 recipients located throughout the world that are being honored this year. It is the only project selected from Southern California.
The Six also received a 2017 AIA Housing Design Award, which celebrates homes that combine beauty, safety, and sustainability. The Six is specifically recognized for affordable housing design that meets the specialized needs of residents. “The Six was is designed from the ground up to facilitate healing and community both within and beyond a building’s walls,” said Mike Alvidrez, CEO of Skid Row Housing Trust. “It is a neighborhood landmark that elevates the conversation about ending homelessness.” In addition to the national awards, The Six has been awarded 2017 Design Honor Awards by AIA Los Angeles and AIA California Council.
The Six offers 52 welcoming and supportive homes to individuals who have experienced homelessness, with 18 of them set aside specifically for veterans. In the military, “got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” Brooks + Scarpa’s innovative design thoughtfully balances privacy with opportunities to connect with the community. The Six has onsite supportive services and 24-hour property management on the ground floor, and community rooms and a spacious courtyard on the second floor that offer peaceful respite and space for social gatherings. Incorporating energy-efficiency measures that exceed standard practice, including passive design strategies that maximize natural light and airflow, the project received LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Located in MacArthur Park, The Six is a striking addition to a neighborhood that has one of highest population densities the United States. The Six demonstrates that housing based on the principals of Housing First, Harm Reduction, and Design Equity can be applied in neighborhoods throughout the region to prevent and end homelessness.
ABOUT SKID ROW HOUSING TRUST
Skid Row Housing Trust (the Trust) provides permanent supportive housing so that people who have experienced homelessness, prolonged extreme poverty, poor health, disabilities, mental illness and/or addiction can lead safe, stable lives in wellness. The Trust has extensive experience developing and operating permanent supportive housing, and currently offers more than 1,800 homes to individuals who have experienced homelessness. Beyond simply providing housing, the Trust offers onsite supportive services, such as to case management, mental health treatment, substance abuse recovery, and primary health care. Our buildings and programs are designed to help formerly homeless residents heal, build a network of support, and achieve long-term success.
ABOUT BROOKS + SCARPA
Brooks + Scarpa is a collective of architects, designers and creative thinkers dedicated to enhancing the human experience. Honored with the 2014 Smithsonian Cooper- Hewitt National Design Award, the firm is a multi-disciplinary practice that includes architecture, landscape architecture, planning, environmental design, materials research, graphic, furniture and interior design services that produces innovative, sustainable iconic buildings and urban environments.
THE SIX: Affordable Housing for Disabled Veterans. Brooks + Scarpa. Photography: Tara Wujick
Project’s Formal Name: The SIX Veterans Housing
Location of Project: 811 S. Carondelet Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Client/Owner: Skid Row Housing Trust
1317 E 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Contact: Mike Alvidrez, Executive Director
Total Square Footage: 40,250 SF
Total Cost: $10.1 million
Architects: Brooks + Scarpa
4611 W.Slauson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90043
Project Team: Brooks + Scarpa
Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA – Lead Designer
Angela Brooks, FAIA – Principal In Charge and Project Architect, Emily Hodgdon, Chinh Nguyen, Diane Thepkhounphithack, Cesar Delgado, Mario Cipresso, Brooklyn Short, Royce Scortino, Ryan Bostic – Project Design Team
Landscape: Brooks + Scarpa
Engineering: JAMA – Structural Engineering
IEG– Mechanical, electrical and plumbing
Barbara Hall – Civil Engineering
Specifications: Phil Easton
Photography: Tara Wujick
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