Gallery: WAV: A Spectacular New Green Arts Community in Ventura

 

Responding to the need for community venues for the arts, the nonprofit Place is building green artist residences and community developments throughout the country. Their newly completed Working Artist Ventura (or WAV) LEED building is a bold plan that mixes arts, community, economy and sustainability into a single development. WAV also offers a residence for homeless families, a retail and arts center, and upscale lofts. The dynamic program includes a jazz club, a movie theater, an art gallery, studios, a cafe, and restaurants. Most importantly, WAV is a community for arts of all genres.

The project has 69 residences and is only the second LEED low income housing project in California. Housing units range from affordable studios for artists to lofts sporting views of the ocean and the coastal mountains. Many of the spaces rent on a sliding scale. The community’s small solar array may be more symbolic than effective, but the mixed-use high-density layout and cultural significance of the project is what good sustainable design is all about. The commons features a community garden and, the gallery, music venue, and theater are all available for the residents to use. The project is really a community creative campus with a built-in neighborhood.

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  1. West Hollywood's Stylis... November 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    [...] building features tucked-under parking and an inner courtyard on the second story. Typical for apartments in Southern California, the courtyard provides access to the living units. The design takes the idea [...]

  2. Samitaur Tower Broadcas... September 28, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    [...] available for community activities. Once the tower is finally open to the public, it will serve as cultural and community center, art gallery, and event [...]

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