The Star Apartments was built in 2014 by Michael Maltzan and has been located in Los Angeles’ Skid Row. It is a resident that built on purpose to give a home to the homeless in Los Angeles. The residents pay 30% of their income and government assistance as rent. The star apartment has 20 or more than 20 housing complex as the Skid Row Housing Trust said. The Star Apartment is the Permanent Supportive Housing of Los Angeles because they have supported individuals suffering from homelessness. The Star Apartment was designed by Mr. Michael Maltzan and developed by the Skid Row Housing Trust.
- ARCHITECT: Michael Maltzan
- Developer: The Skid Row Housing Trust
- Cost: US$40 million
- Floor: 6
- Structural system: Cantilevered frame
- Built-in: 2014
- Land Area: 95,000 sq. feet
- Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Construction of The Star Apartment:
The apartment has 102 residences for homeless people in Los Angeles, CA. The apartment is a mixed-purpose apartment and has 6 floors with an area of 95,000 feet2. The building has its own community garden, running track, fitness facilities, health clinic, and also art and library facilities. First, they built the parts of the building at different places and then maneuvered all the parts and adjoined them together. And gave them the shape of a building. Then covered all the parts in protective material.
Low-income Project: Star Apartments
In spite of the esthetic features, the Michael Maltzan-designed structure’s most fascinating component stows away underneath its skin: It’s the solitary low-income project in Downtown to be designed with pre-assembled development. Rather than building each level from floor to roof, the 102 units were assembled in Idaho by Guerdon Enterprises — complete with latrines, apparatuses, and cupboards introduced — and afterward shipped to Los Angeles, where they were lifted by crane into place on a solid structure.
“They arrived as cubes with just the little utility connections sticking out,” said Sasha Truong, project chief on the Star.
The Star, which got things started in mid-2012 and started move-ins before the end of last year, gives roughly 350-square-foot homes for individuals recognized by the area as being the “most vulnerable,” frequently requiring crisis clinical consideration and having a background marked by constant vagrancy. Every inhabitant pays 30% of their income (or nothing in the event that they have no income). The city Housing Authority Financed the Rents.
Spaces and Planning of The Star Apartments by Michael Maltzan:
The apartment has 6 floors but we can divide the building into four main parts. The first part is the Ground floor it has the Trust’s leasing office, a medical clinic open for all the neighbourhood residents and the administrative offices of the Department of Health Services. It is also helping to improve the physical and economical state of being strong and active in the neighbourhood.
The First floor of the building has a major role in The Multi-Purpose Community Space. The design of the first floor the design not only saved the destruction but also created included the 15,000 sq. ft of the community programming space. Space provides a jogging track, an art room, a library, an edible garden and also a community kitchen.
The Third part is a Modular Pre-Fab Construction (mean this building has constructed under controlled plant conditions). This unit saved the construction costs, material waste but also helped to add the project and ensured each resident a room with ventilation and natural light also.
The Fourth part includes all the residential apartments. This part challenged is about the challenge of Michael Maltzan Architects to develop a design that could make use of the existing building. MMA’s solution was to pour a concrete “super-structure” to support modular units.
Materials used in Star Apartments
- Glass (material)
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