|Star Apartments by Michael Maltzan, Ovitz residence architect|
Michael Maltzan, the architect behind Michael Ovitz's 28,000-square-foot home (covered here in this W Magazine article), continues his collaboration with developer Skid Row Housing Trust with the new Star Apartments located at 6th Street and Maple Avenue bordering Skid Row.
The innovative, modern building provides permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless via 102 apartments, consisting of prefabricated "modules" stacked like blocks over the existing building's roof, allowing a lower budget and shorter timeframe to completion (or, better said, to "ensure a higher quality of construction, meet tighter construction tolerances, and dramatically accelerate construction time, producing a parallel reduction in cost"). The 95,000 square foot building is 'mixed-use', with a retail street level zone, community program zone (2nd floor), and four terraced floors above for residents. Amenities include a community garden, running track, exercise and art rooms and a library.
Learn more about the Star Apartments in this L.A. Times article, "Innovative Apartment Complex for Homeless People Opens on Skid Row."
Read more about Michael Maltzan's design of the Michael Ovitz residence in this W Magazine article, 'The Client Whisperer'.