California Branch Housing
Los Angeles, CA
Architecture, Furniture, Landscape, Urban Planning
First Place, Low Rise LA Competition
The Central Commons space is a shared by all Branch House residents and is separated from the fully public areas of the lot. In this view, the space is set up with communal dining tables. The biotope planing area on the right includes rocks, sand traps, and water collection areas to promote biodiversity.
This Branch House proposal suggests three types of housing unit and a corner community space arranged across the site under three roof structures. Although they range in size from one to four bedrooms, they all feature a flexible area that can serve as an additional bedroom, workspace, or secondary living space.
Walkway through the center of the Branch House site showing Central Commons on the left and a permeable parking area with movable furniture on the right.
Shared Plumbing & Utility Cores
A “core” structure between every two housing units combines the plumbing, HVAC, and other mechanical components for both units into a single, modular structure. This means that the most complex modules of a home, such as kitchens and bathrooms, can be mass-produced off-site. The consolidated cores also provide easy access to areas that require the most frequent maintenance and upgrades.
The Central Commons space is a shared by all Branch House residents and is separated from the fully public areas of the lot. In this view, the space is set up with communal dining tables.
Site and Landscape Plans
The site is meticulously designed around the management of water, ensuring that all the water that falls is captured by green roof systems, collected and stored for irrigation and indoor reuse, or passes through landscaping and permeable paving to the water table. Native, drought-resistant plants reduce irrigation and maintenance needs and protect against wildfires. The landscape and roofscape plan also promotes biodiversity by providing forage plants, nesting aids, sand pockets, deadwood, and temporary water collection for birds and insects.
Interior view of a 4(+) Bedroom Unit showing all-electric kitchen interior, CLT finishes and trim, and open living area with built-in storage.