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950 E. Third Street, Los Angeles

location:Los Angeles, CA
developer:Fairfield Residential Company LLC
completion:2017 Est.

Located a short distance from downtown is the Arts District of Los Angeles, an artist enclave in what was formerly the industrial center of the City. The 5.6 acre site stretches from E 3rd Street in the north to Traction Avenue in the south and is directly adjacent to Sci-Arc, the Southern California Institute of Architecture. The 472 live/work development is broken into five distinct buildings over a full below grade parking structure. The design is intentionally varied in expression from one end of the site to the other. On 3rd Street the building is reminiscent of the neighboring warehouses with the notable exception of traditional brick being replaced with corrugated corten metal. Facing Sci-Arc on the east the facade is more sculptural in nature with windows carved into deep recesses of varying dimensions. At the southern end of the project where the site narrows the project is bookended with a small guitar-pick shaped building wrapped in zinc shingles, a third distinct building expression. Like the neighborhood itself, the project is intended to be diverse and multi-faced, defying categorization.

Landscape Architect: Gillespie Moody Patterson, Inc.
Contractor: Milender White Construction Company