Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design just won an Honorable Mention Award! The design competition challenged designers to re-think the "dingbat" style apartments popularized in the mid 50's-70's. Dingbats are typical Los Angeles apartment complexes, usually 2 or 3 story stucco boxes with unique facades and covered parking in the front.
"Dingbat Terrarium" is a new vision for multifamily housing in Los Angeles that embraces the utilitarian features of classic dingbats, while proposing creative solutions for a more livable model of rental housing in the city. With three housing models suited for families, workers, and students, "Dingbat Terrarium" seeks to improve the quality of life for residents at both the urban and residential scales. The title comes from the idea that each unit has a "terrarium" in the living room to bring light and curated views into the space. It's our response to the misdirected obsession with outward views no matter what's on the other side of the window.
We're 4/4 in winning Honorable Mentions for competition entries. Always a bridesmaid never a bride. But we're realizing that maybe honorable mentions are just a sign that we don't necessarily make architecture for architects, but architecture for people. And we'll take that any day.
You can download our entry on our website, and check out the rest of the winners on the LA Forum site.