AIA | LA Residential Architecture Awards, Multi-Family Residential (50 units and up), AIA | Los Angeles, 2016
Located in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, One Santa Fe is a mixed-use development that has embraced the transformation of the neighborhood from a manufacturing center to an artist destination.
We provided structural and performance-based design services for the award-winning project, which was designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture. Sited adjacent to the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), a railyard and the Los Angeles River, the development occupies a half-mile long, four-acre site and consists of 438 apartments, 77,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space and 750 parking spaces. The project also includes a full-size gymnasium that overlooks an amenity deck with an elevated swimming pool.
- The project comprises Type 3 modified wood construction over a concrete podium. Materials include structural steel, reinforced cast-in-place and precast concrete and light-framed wood construction.
- The structural design required the integration of several materials into seamless structures that effectively resist earthquake, wind and gravity loads.
- The dramatic design incorporates several long-span bridges with apartments suspended above landscaped interior courtyards. The most distinctive bridge spans 170 feet across the main entry to the development and contains three levels of apartments that are suspended three stories above the ground.
- The development features wood walls, which were constructed separately offsite and then brought to the job site and installed. All the walls for each unit were bundled together and individually marked for ease of site installation.
- There are many advantages to prefabricated construction, including fabricating in a controlled environment, higher quality control, better workmanship, less waste, reduction of material stored at the job site and reduced project schedule.