The designs for the Tiny Home Village for the homeless in Los Angeles have been unveiled by Lehrer Architects. The Whitsett West project was constructed in collaboration with the Bureau of Engineering of the City of Los Angeles. The project, which is located in North Hollywood, is the fourth cooperation in the last seven months to serve as a prototype for transitional housing types. Whitsett West was created to be a vital urban and social asset.
Lehrer Architects LA created the urban site in collaboration with numerous municipal departments, lead directly by the Bureau of Engineering and Ford Construction, with the intentional use of color and unit composition to foster community. The idea was to the de-stigmatize homeless dwelling by giving these communities their own distinct identity around the city. Saticoy is built on a sliver of land that is nearly a quarter-mile long and only 20 feet wide at times, but it must accommodate up to 150 beds in 77 units, as well as hygiene trailers, storage, offices, and communal spaces, as well as all of the necessary infrastructure: electricity, storm drains, sewers, water, ADA accessibility, and drainage.
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Saticoy’s primary issue, given the rushed design and construction timetable, was simply fitting the needed units onto such a tight, onerous, and oddly-shaped site. The architects used extremely long, narrow viewsheds and distance to create a cohesive urban setting, and they used color in a visual language to reinforce the idea of a hamlet. Pallet Shelter created the white pieces, which were delivered flat and unassembled to the site. They were employed as brilliant objects to define the communal exterior spaces between, resulting in a sequence of miniature village communities in addition to the long site. The 8’x8′ Tiny Homes are easy to put up and give self-contained, conditioned space for each inhabitant, which may be secured by the occupant for a better sense of protection, autonomy, and privacy on the road to permanent residence.
An 8-foot-tall sound barrier fence was built along the highway side to reduce noise and give seclusion for inhabitants while using existing trees to provide a shaded, insular reprieve from the streets outside.