Jorge Chapa

Los Angeles' New Carver Apartments Show the Social Side of Good Design

by , 07/13/11

New Carver Apartments, green design, good design, social design, social architecture, michael maltzan, Los Angeles architecturePhoto by Iwan Baan

The main shape of the building is that of a drum, and it’s exterior is broken up by a number of saw-tooth vertical ridges. The internal atria provides a long and beautiful cylindrical stair. By closing the facade and keeping the horizontal and vertical windows as narrow and small as possible, noise and exhaust fumes from the nearby freeway can be minimized.

One of the main goals of the project is to drive communication between the building’s residents. The whole design of the building is geared towards providing a comforting space that will bring with it a sense of security and comfort. The project incorporates communal spaces, kitchen, dining areas, gathering spaces and gardens. It also includes medical and social services.

A well designed building can become a vehicle for putting people’s lives together. The New Carver Apartments exemplify what good design is capable of achieving.

+ Michael Maltzan Architects

VIa The Architexts Newspaper and LA Observed

Photos: Iwan Baan

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  1. caeman July 14, 2011 at 9:13 am

    They built in a view of the highway for the residents to sit there and…watch the cars drive by? Weird. Neat building, though.

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