Michael Maltzan Architecture‘s most recent project with Skid Row Housing Trust was recently featured in Fast Company. Completed nearly a year ago, the prefab Star Apartments were designed to not only house people living on the streets but also to provide supportive services and coveted semi-private spaces to improve quality of life, such as a big community garden. As the architecture firm’s third residential project for the formerly homeless, they have incorporated feedback from residents into the new building:
One of the criticisms about some of Maltzan’s previous residences for the Housing Trust was there weren’t enough laundry rooms—laundry was located all in one central location. “A lot of those things that we take for granted outside become very important, very special spaces for people who have lived on the street for so long,” he says. “In the Star Apartments, we split the laundry rooms, one for each floor, and they have these views into the city and beyond.”
Read more about “Michael Maltzan’s Quest to Remake Housing for the Homeless” here, online at FastCoDesign.com.
Image courtesy of Skid Row Housing Trust