What started as a design competition is now moving into the next phases of EIR and design as the Alvidrez! JAMA is once again pushing the envelope on this effort; this time through mass-timber modular high-rise design in a project that also provides much needed permanent supportive housing in LA.
Located on East 5th Street in the Skid Row area of Downtown LA, the 14-story structure will offer 150 studio apartments for formerly homeless persons, a manager’s unit and ground-floor offices for case management services. Michael Maltzan Architecture is leading the design, or “collection of vertical ‘bundles” as it’s described, with tiered building heights that create terrace decks on the 2nd, 5th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th floors. In addition to providing open spaces for residents, the open areas would also provide natural light and ventilation for each apartment.
Unlike most high-rise buildings in the Los Angeles area which are built from concrete and steel the Alvidrez is slated to be built from 12 stories of mass timber above a two-level podium. This will be one of, if not the first, examples of this construction type in Southern California and will hopefully emerge as one of the more cost-effective methods for building permanent supportive housing in high construction cost areas.