The shortage of affordable housing is acutely felt in California, but fortunately SCI-Arc and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) have teamed up to tackle that problem with the transformation of neglected properties in Los Angeles into attractive and affordable homes. SCI-Arc students and Habitat LA just completed their latest collaborative work, the IVRV House, a modern home built with eco-friendly materials that will house a U.S. army veteran and his family.
Developed over the course of a full academic year, IVRV House was designed during SCI-Arc’s fall semester, followed by final documentation in the spring semester, and constructed during the summer semester. The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home was completed at 1232 W. 101st Street in the West Athens neighborhood. U.S. Army veteran Belete Belhu will purchase the home at an affordable price and live there with his family.
The contemporary IVRV House is more than just affordable, however; the house also features environmentally friendly elements. Large windows let in natural light and are recessed to minimize harsh glare and solar heat gain. The designers also added an ‘Eco-Screen,’ a structure that captures energy, cleans the air, and provides a shaded outdoor space. “SCI-Arc has always believed that design can change the world, and these students have proven that by building a house that incorporates sustainability, smart materials and novel economic building systems,” said SCI-Arc Vice Director John Enright. “To all of the volunteers, sponsors, and partners, we thank you for your support and collaboration. A house is not a home until a family inhabits it, and so to the Belhu family, without whose dedication and help with construction this project would not have been possible, we hope the house serves to be a place of love and prosperity for many years to come.”
Images by Joshua White