LOHA designs a live/work complex for L.A.'s Arts District

Industrial Design

LOHA designs a live/work complex for L.A.'s Arts District

Industrial's contrasting brick-and -etal cladding material palette references the industrial buildings in the neighborhood. (Courtesy of LOHA)

In the Arts District of Los Angeles, across the street from Row DTLA, there will soon be a live/work project to meet the demands of the burgeoning neighborhood. Development company Camden Property Trust, the owners of a three-acre property at the intersection of Alameda and Industrial Street, has gotten the green light from the City of Los Angeles to transform the site of a former industrial building into a 482,000-square-foot, mixed-use development designed by local firm Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA). The five-story project will include 346 live/work apartments, a restaurant on its ground floor, and 25,000 square feet of office space throughout.

A varied street wall of dark brick towers
Industrial will constitute nearly the entirety of a rectangular block in Los Angeles’ Arts District and will include a narrow park for its residents. (Courtesy of LOHA)

The design, simply named “Industrial,” will no doubt stand out among the relatively unremarkable actual industrial buildings surrounding it, starting with pronounced cutouts that reveal metal cladding treatment behind a dark brick facade. The distinct materiality of the project is a nod to the contextural buildings in the neighborhood as well as its manufacturing history. The cutouts have the added effect of forming a dynamic, undulating street front with landscaped courtyards along Industrial Street. “This destabilization of a solid front additionally erodes away from an impression of density despite the building’s form extending the length of the block,” the firm explained.

The facades of the building’s interior courtyards, and other facades not facing the street, will be defined by hanging gardens and wall murals, and the narrow site of a rail spur that once ran along the property’s longest axis will be reactivated in the form of a landscaped amenity space for the building’s residents that will terminate at a new restaurant.

The project is the latest in a string of mixed-use projects slated for the quickly developing Arts District, including EYRC Architects’ proposal for Produce L.A., OFFICEUNTITLED‘s AVA LA Arts District, and other projects from firms including Herzog & de Meuron and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).