Spring Park Senior Villa, Silver Award, Multifamily
Site: Gardena, Calif.
Entrant/Architect/Land Planner: John V. Mutlow Architects
Builder: Walton Construction Services
Developer: Waset, Inc.
Photographer: Michael Arden Photography
Size: 540 sf (one-bedroom)
Hard Cost, excluding land: $193/sf
Completion: January 2016
A three-story, 37-unit infill project, Spring Park provides affordable/low-income housing for seniors. The structure features two wings joined together by communal gathering spaces, with an orange metal screen on the building’s main-thoroughfare edge and composite wood cladding on the residential street and garden façades.
Moderately sized units encourage residents to spend time in the common areas, such as the entry court and shaded lanai, says architect John Mutlow, owner of John V. Mutlow Architects. All units are accessible or adaptable. Balconies offer outdoor space while also breaking up the building’s mass. Additional gathering spaces on all three floors encourage socializing, too, and the third-floor lounge offers distant mountain and ocean views. Mutlow says more than 300 qualified seniors applied for the 37 units, which continue to maintain 100 percent occupancy.
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