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On 22, Dec 2015 | In | By PAR

The Architecture + Design Museum of Los Angeles presents Shelter: Rethinking how we live in Los Angeles, visions by six architects for the future of the city. Seeking to change expectations for living within the expanding metropolis, the exhibition explores how new forms of housing can respond to changes in the cultural fabric and physical landscape of Los Angeles, better addressing its pressing issues.

For the exhibition, PAR proposed Wilshire Tower, a new model of high-rise courtyard housing, integrated with mass transit, on LACMA’s proposed tower site along Wilshire Boulevard. The tower typology, an important element in the contemporary metropolis, has become anonymous, defined mainly by its height. Typical residential towers, while successfully providing density, rarely produce unique living environments with access to green space, two qualities that are emblematic of Los Angeles living. PAR’s proposal, developed in close collaboration with BuroHappold, acts against this endemic monotony, creating a 930 foot tall stack of individual houses, each with a direct connection to nature through oversized terraces, some containing common spaces and leisure zones.

 

TYPE: Residential High-Rise
LOCATION: Los Angeles, US
STATUS: 2015, Exhibition
AREA: 654,000 sf
CLIENT: Architecture + Design Museum
CURATORS: Sam Lubell, Danielle Rago
EXHIBITION: Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in LA
ENGINEER: BuroHappold
ENVIRONMENTAL: BuroHappold
VISUALIZER: BloomImages
ARCHITECT: PAR: Jennifer Marmon, Partner in Charge; Angus Goble, Partner; John Chang, Designer;
Miwa Espinoza; Julian Huang; Patrycja Jurczak; Matthias Malicki; Jack Reidler; Jesse Segura
SPONSORS: BuroHappold, Architecture + Design Museum