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Affordable Artist Housing Helps Revitialize CA Town

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On October 19, 2010 @ 1:45 pm In Architecture,Green Building | 2 Comments

arbor lofts, urban infill, affordable housing, psl architects, artist housing project, green design, sustainable architecture [1]

The affordable housing project [2] is supported and funded by the City of Lancaster as part of their Downtown Specific Plan to transform this mostly vacant city area into a place of historic, cultural, social, economic and civic vitality. As there are many voids left by demolished buildings in the city’s core, the live/work development is an urban infill project [3] and the first of its kind for the city. The five-story building provides parking on the ground level along with a resident-run gallery, courtyard and resident lobby. Each apartment has two stories and four bedrooms, plus a work/studio area with an open-floor layout that provides ample space for artists with families.

The 21 apartments were set aside for artists of varying ethnic groups, ages, and income levels in order to create a dynamic and diverse group of people. Energy-efficient design played a large roll in the project’s creation, with the building exceeding California Title 24 Energy Code requirements by 20%, and the lighting system exceeding the requirements by 24%. Low-flow plumbing fixtures reduce water usage, while energy-efficient mechanical systems help improve the indoor air quality, which is especially important for artists working with potentially toxic materials [4].

+ PSL Architects [5]

Images ┬ęPSL Architects

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/19/affordable-artist-housing-helps-revitialize-ca-town/arbor-lofts-5/

[2] affordable housing project: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/02/design-build-bluff-sustainable-homes-for-people-who-need-them/

[3] urban infill project: http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/28/samitaur-tower-showcases-community-art-in-culver-city/

[4] toxic materials: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/05/ironic-twist-of-fate-the-color-green-is-toxic/

[5] + PSL Architects: http://www.pslarchitects.com/

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