26th Street Affordable Housing, Painted by Concepts In Color, Kanner Architects
Location: 1349 26th Street Santa Monica, California, 90401
Painted by Concepts In Color and winner of both the AIA Honor Award and the AIA National Housing Award
Painted by Concepts In Color
and winner of both the AIA Honor Award and the AIA National Housing Award in 2008, 26th Street Affordable Housing is the product of an exhaustive community outreach mission.
In addition to input from the city of Santa Monica and the community at large, the final colorful design takes into account the region's mild climate, historical precedents of Southern California Modernist architecture, and the human scale of residents and pedestrians. The design of the 44-unit apartment building incorporates dual-glazed and laminated windows along both street-facing sides to eliminate street noise. Drywells were dug beneath the project to collect and disperse stormwater runoff and minimize the project's impact on the city's storm sewer system. The project's 81 subterranean parking spaces -accessed from an alley to minimize traffic issues - exceed the minimum required. Living spaces at 26th Street are organized in a linear fashion to facilitate cross-ventilation, a passive natural cooling technique that eliminates the need for energy-intensive rooftop air conditioning and mechanical equipment.
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26th Street Low-Income Housing Project
Santa Monica, CA
Residential Architect Magazine by Cheryl Weber
Winner of both the AIA Honor Award and the AIA National Housing Award in 2008
After scrutinizing 26th Street, a judge offered the highest praise an architect of low-income housing could hope to hear: "It's one of the best projects we've seen, period, and the fact that it's affordable is amazing."
The judges applauded the way the large, bold fa?ade breaks down to human scale. The warm brown clapboard siding, checkerboard pattern of shaded balconies, and colorful side walls
make all residents feel like they have their own house. Painted by Concepts In Color
, Kanner Architects
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