Located adjacent to the Heritage Square Metro Goldline light rail station, just north of downtown Los Angeles, Marmion Court is a transit-oriented, multi-family housing complex. It is designed to respond to the increasing demand for high quality affordable housing that allows for easy commuter access to work, as well as other amenities of the city that is in close proximity to the developing public transportation infrastructure.
The site is a triangular wedge shape, formed by the intersection of the rail line, the 110 freeway and the adjacent concrete Arroyo Seco riverbed. Marmion Court mediates the transitional space between the tracks and the approximately hundred-year-old, single-family homes, and the neighborhood beyond along Marmion Way. In responding to the biaxial nature of the site, two building bars are rotated about a circulatory fulcrum creating both an inner courtyard for the residents and a publicly accessible exterior court that acquiesces to the scale of the adjacent residential neighborhood.
All of the homes within the complex are two stories and are designed to maximize their size within the limitations of the program and budget. A conscious decision was made to avoid the typical Los Angeles multi-family typology of double-loaded corridors and single story pancake stacking of units. Cantilevering bars of two-story homes minimizes circulation and lifts the bedrooms off of the entry level.
As a housing project there are multiple levels of identity. The building is cohesively held together by its metal cladding which responds to the industrial nature of the rails and surrounding neighborhood. This figure of the building as a body is individuated by the internal conditions of each home which generate an impression on the façade. These faces are seen as the potential outward projection of the diverse cultural makeup of the neighborhoods’ inhabitants.
43,500 SF building area, 37 residential units
29,000 SF below grade parking structure
CLIENT:Marmion Court LLC
PROJECT TEAM: Peter Tolkin, Chris Girt, Leilani Trujillo, Sang Kim, Jeremy Schacht
ENGINEERS: Charles Tan & Associates (Structural), Davidovich & Associates (MEP), Rothman Engineering (Civil)
CONSULTANTS: Rothermel and Associates (Acoustic), Schirmer Engineering Corporation (Code)
AWARDS:2008 AIA Merit Award