gwynne pugh urban studio: CAPSLO homeless services center
gwynne pugh urban studio: CAPSLO homeless services center gwynne pugh urban studio: CAPSLO homeless services center
oct 11, 2011

gwynne pugh urban studio: CAPSLO homeless services center

‘capslo homeless services center’ by gwynne pugh urban studio, san luis obispo, california, USA images courtesy of gwynne pugh urban studio

santa monica-based firm gwynne pugh urban studio has been selected to design the ‘CAPSLO homeless services center’, a facility for individuals and families in need of shelter and support near san luis obispo, california. the founding organization, community action partnership of san luis obispo county (CAPSLO), requires a building to provide housing, medical services childcare and resource areas to help residents secure employment for a self-sufficient and successful future. the program will feature community rooms, kitchens, offices and dormitories containing 200 beds for men, women and children.

rear of the center

functions are arranged in accordance with the cardinal directions, positioning the higher security areas near the east end of the structure with minimal penetrations to the facade. the western half contains public spaces with access to an open courtyard. privacy and security are controlled through strategic placement of reception and desks to ensure universal safety while the interaction within the spaces becomes more informal towards the south end of the building.

entrance facade

main entrance

connections with nature


reference / library

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1


project info:

architects: gwynne pugh urban studio gwynne pugh, faia, design architect brad buter, project manager paola maysles, job captain

garcia architecture + design george garcia, aia, executive architect bryan ridley, project manager isaac greenetz, designer

location: san luis obispo, ca client: community action partnership of san luis obispo county, inc. (capslo) size: 26,000 square feet building + 26,000 square feet outdoor space

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