Located in the eastern section of West Hollywood, Gardner 1050 is a result of studies in reinvigorating existing housing typologies to create new opportunities for living, within the extremely tight economic and spatial parameters of the speculative housing market. This project explores alternative approaches to the ‘courtyard’ housing typology.
Weaving the buildings’ circulation into a spectrum of public space, the central courtyard allows all units to have direct access from the exterior, and eliminates the need for mechanically climate- controlled corridors. In an effort to extend the courtyard vertically, stainless-steel cabies creep up to the third level walkways, forming scaffolding for a “hanging” garden. Landscaped with native drought-tolerant species, this foliage extends the landscape to the floors above while filtering the strong California sunlight.