How do we rethink the identity of contemporary senior housing in Los Angeles?
A collaboration with the First AME Church by the Sea, the City of Santa Monica, Jones & Martinez Architects, and Los Angeles' first housing director, the late Gary Squier, March Studio was given the challenge of providing appropriate architectural identities for senior housing in two distinct Santa Monica locations. The first was sited in a residential neighborhood and took inspiration from the human scale of the architecture of Irving Gill’s Horatio Apartments. The second responded to a unique and at the same time familiar Los Angeles context, located between a church and a major freeway. March Studio worked with FAME to strategize how to create a sense of belonging for senior residents at each distinct location, with an emphasis on social and interactive spaces, while also reflecting the progressive and energetic lifestyle of the City of Santa Monica.