in the industrial district adjacent to Downtown Los Angeles, the
Little Tokyo loft project converts a circa 1930 Westinghouse Elevator
Manufacturing facility for use as 161 units of rental loft housing.
Constructed of poured in place concrete, with overscaled
mushroom capitol columns and large industrial steel windows,
the project captures the character of raw space associated with
industrial lofts. Contrasting use of hardwood floors and warm
finishes in the uniform kitchen / bath cores will establish
a comfortable live / work environment.
light court, carved through the center of the existing floors,
is ringed by units with balconies, brings light and air into the
middle of the building and provides a terminus for the 2-story galleria
leading to the parking garage. A new bridge
from the building to the garage passes through and over a grove
of trees adjacent to a pool
court accessible to the building's tenants.
capitalizes on the scale of the project, but provides a rich variety
of unit layouts, from 2-story duplexes to 700 square foot studios
with views ranging across the downtown skyline to the San Gabriel