Los Angeles-based Tighe Architecture, run by Sci-Arc trained architect Patrick Tighe, celebrates low-income housing for residents in West Hollywood with the creation of the Sierra Bonita Apartments. The 42-unit low-income affordable housing project was developed by the West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation for those with special needs. The development was a pilot project for WeHo’s Green Building Ordinance (WeHo standing for West Hollywood). The project included a solar electric panel system integrated into the façade and roof. The five-story mixed-use project is a great example of stylish and sustainable design being used to help those populations that rarely receive such architectural treatment.
Wakeland Housing & Development Corporation developed the first LEED Platinum, 100% solar-powered low-income housing complex in San Diego. This state-of-the-art development located in Chula Vista achieved LEED certification with natural ventilation, tankless water heaters, Energy Star appliances, and low-flow water fixtures. The complex was designed on the site of what used to be a vacant motel, which contributed to the neighborhood’s decline. Now this “recycled” property is helping to “green-up” the neighborhood and all the residents of Chula Vista. It is a great case-study development.