High-performing Magnolia Hill breathes new life into Los Angeles
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High-performing Magnolia Hill breathes new life into its Los Angeles, California context

The undulating curves give this mixed-use structure a dynamic character

Brooks+Scarpa

High-performing Magnolia Hill breathes new life into Los Angeles
By Editorial Staff -

Converted from a gas station, the high-performing Magnolia Hill breathes new life into its Los Angeles, California context with its ground floor retail as well as three stories of nineteen units of flats and double-height mezzanine loft apartments. The architects Brooks + Scarpa have accentuated the excitement of the area with its perforated aluminum skin that reacts with the weather and time of day

Permeable multi-layered façade

In addition to the unique visual characteristics of the exterior treatment, the permeable multi-layered façade reduces noise infiltration, promotes privacy, frames views, welcomes natural light, and cools the structure. The building form includes a courtyard on the second level for the residents which captures the climate and provides security. Exterior circulation not only adds movement to the massing, but eliminates the need for climate control.

Green interior

Huge areas of glazing and operable windows make best use of daylighting. The indoor air quality was ensured by minimizing off-gassing. For example, no-VOC paints, formaldehyde-free MDF cabinetry, natural linoleum, and LED lighting were used in the green interior. The architecture is a treat for its inhabitants, patrons and passersby. 

Location: Los Angeles, California
Completed: 2021
Floor area: 22,690 sq. ft.                         
Architects: Brooks + Scarpa 
Project Team: Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA – Lead Designer, Principal-in-Charge, Angela Brooks, FAIA, Micaela Danko, Tod Funkhauser, Jeffrey Huber, FAIA, Dionicio Ichillumpa, Iliya Muzychuk, Chinh Nguyen, Fui Srivikorn, Diane Thepkhounphithack, Yimin Wu, Arty Vartanyan
General Contractor: Hillock Land Company, Danny Kradjian
Structural Engineer: John Martin Associates
MEP Engineering: Henderson Engineering
Civil Engineering: Barbara Hall
Landscape Architect: PLAN(t) Landscape Studio
Photo by: Tara Wujcik and Lawrence Scarpa

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