Thursday, December 08 2011

Mosaic Apartments Open in Historic Pico Union District


Mosaic Apartments, developed by AMCAL Multi-Housing, Inc. and designed by Killefer Flammang Architects, had its Grand Opening on December 8th.

Mosaic Apartments is a 56-unit affordable housing development in the historic Pico Union neighborhood of Los Angeles. The genesis of the design came from the community itself: through a series of meetings, future residents expressed the desire to have seniors and families living together in one project, but also wanted a degree of separation. This led to a long two-building scheme – seniors on one side, families on the other – with a landscaped paseo running between them from the front to the back of the building, connecting between two streets. The paseo is the central circulation court and gathering space for the project – a place for seniors to walk, children to play, and for everyone to interact. Both the developer and the residents also wanted the building to fit into the historic Craftsman residential architecture of the neighborhood, leading to a vocabulary of pitched roofs, traditional fenestration, and wood details.

The project is LEED Silver certified.