lehrer architects turns a thin sliver of land into a vibrant tiny village for the homeless in LA

lehrer architects turns a thin sliver of land into a vibrant tiny village for the homeless in LA

turned an awkwardly-shaped plot into a tiny vivid home village

 

lehrer architects transformed a narrow, derelict, and oddly-shaped parcel of land, into a vibrant village community able to welcome up to 150 homeless residents in los angeles. spanning only 20 feet (six meters) in width, the project provides emergency housing in 77 prefab units. additional hygiene trailers, storage, offices, communal spaces, and all the necessary services help people experiencing homelessness stabilize and eventually transition into a permanent residence. 

 

dubbed ‘whitsett west tiny home village’ takes shape as their latest project and represents another highly collaborative, experimental, and efficient solution to LA’s homelessness crisis (see their previous here). devoid of ‘throwaway spaces’ in the plot, the design carries a bright geometric pattern of blue, green, and yellow shades to an extremely thin sliver of land, previously abandoned and unused.lehrer architects turns a thin sliver of land into a tiny vibrant village for the homeless in LAall images courtesy of lehrer architects 

 

colored shapes create a sense of community

 

the architects (see more here) first sought to tackle the oddly-shaped plot and then to generate a coherent urban place as a complete and energizing community. the white envelopes produced by pallet shelter, were delivered flat to be assembled on site. the shelters were placed next to each other, outlining the common outside spaces in between. the 8 ft (2.4 m) square tiny houses can be fast constructed providing autonomous and conditioned space that ensures safety and privacy for each resident who lives within. 

 

the shared spaces function as the focal point of these places, enhancing community members to meet and interact. the two largest communal areas are located centrally, providing primary eating and gathering spaces for all members. an 8 ft tall fence was constructed along the freeway side, serving as a sound barrier to decrease noise and provide privacy. meanwhile, lehrer architects strategically incorporated the existing trees to offer a shady space and visual separation from the streets outside.lehrer architects turns a thin sliver of land into a vibrant tiny village for the homeless in LA

 

the ‘whitsett west tiny home village’ is the latest project in the city’s program offering a blueprint to other densely populated urban centers. it is positioned at the site of an existing homeless encampment, between the 170 freeway and some industrial shipping facilities and parking lots. the city invested in bringing new infrastructure to the location – shelter, utilities, and services – to serve the existing unhoused community and limit its members’ displacement.

 

‘a profound joy of these projects is the necessity for — and intensity of — their visual presence. every tool in our visual palette was employed starting with perspective, procession, and color. if beauty breeds honor and respect, there are no more deserving groups than our sisters and brothers on the streets,’ added michael b. lehrer, founder, lehrer architects LA.lehrer architects turns a thin sliver of land into a vibrant tiny village for the homeless in LA

 

‘the city quickly transitioned to tiny homes for the unhoused when the pandemic began, and this format has allowed us to build eight tiny home villages to date over the last year and half that accommodate 1,047 individuals. there are eight more of these tiny home villages in the planning and construction phases, which will provide places for 1,061 additional people,’ stated marina quinónez, the homeless facilities program manager and architect with the bureau of engineering.

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lehrer architects turns a thin sliver of land into a vibrant tiny village for the homeless in LA

 

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lehrer architects turns a thin sliver of land into a vibrant tiny village for the homeless in LA
geometrical patterns

lehrer architects turns a thin sliver of land into a vibrant tiny village for the homeless in LA
the wall serves as a sound barrier

lehrer architects turns a thin sliver of land into a vibrant tiny village for the homeless in LA
77 prefab private units

lehrer architects turns a thin sliver of land into a vibrant tiny village for the homeless in LA
enhancing the neighborhood feeling

 

 

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pops of pink
pops of pink
the exterior common space between the units
the exterior common space between the units
an autonomous space for the residents
an autonomous space for the residents
lehrer architects turns a thin sliver of land into a vibrant tiny village for the homeless in LA
 
geometric pattern of blue, green, and yellow shades
geometric pattern of blue, green, and yellow shades
lehrer architects turns a thin sliver of land into a vibrant tiny village for the homeless in LA
 
lehrer architects turns a thin sliver of land into a vibrant tiny village for the homeless in LA
 

project info:

 

name: whitsett west tiny home village

architects: lehrer architects

location: los angeles

 

the project won an AIA LA 2021 design award 

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