STUDIOS designed this new 500-unit graduate student apartment complex and commons building located at the prominent intersection of Los Angeles’ bustling Westwood Village and the southwest portion of UCLA’s campus. The project’s central location creates a new urban heart for this precinct, and helps to knit together the different student housing and other facilities sprinkled across Westwood. A major pedestrian path, or paseo, runs through the core of the site, reinforcing this connection and giving coherence to previously unrelated urban elements spread across the campus and neighborhood. The scheme recognizes UCLA’s desire to embrace the Mission Revival context of the neighboring university and privately held residential buildings.
This project’s mission was to create a focus for this precinct of the campus. It was developed as a vibrant urban center to serve the student residents, the adjacent housing and even the larger campus community. The site is infused with a series of student spaces such as multi-use meeting rooms, student offices, banquet facilities, recreation, student lounges, computer labs, and offices for campus housing as well as the exterior paseo, which supports a wide variety of urban life.
Sustainability was an inherent part of the design. Abundant daylight minimizes the use of task lighting, and although cooling is provided, interiors spaces are primarily naturally ventilated due to the benign climate. As with most residential complexes, all units are naturally lit. The site development includes bioswales and a drought-resistant landscape. The team made a strategic decision not to provide additional parking. WRT Solomon ETC was the Associate Architect on the project.