Mixed-use, high density co-working/living, medium density apartment/office space, low density penthouse/office space, hi-rise tower, exploring affordable housing in Los Angeles Skyburbia is an affordable housing concept directed at solving the economic divide in typical sky-rise buildings.
Through rotational shifts in plan and section, the building emulates the suburban grain of Los Angeles by harnessing a density gradient that flows throughout the building. Instead of the typical stacking of retail, apartments, hotels and penthouses, Skyburbia provides multiple ground levels, called nodes, that provide the commercial retail edge of the building. From those nodes are a series of multilayered connections that gradate from from high density affordable micro-units, to medium density apartment units, to low density penthouse single-family homes. Coupled with the residential side is a series of office units that follow the same density gradient. The differentiation in unit type is no longer categorized by the location of the unit, as seen in typical sky-rises buildings. Instead, the hierarchy of unit demographic is more homogeneous, with subtle differences differences in housing types only characterized by unit finishes and balcony differences. This division of unit aggregation no longer favors the penthouse unit to be on top and, as a result, allows the building to provide more penthouse units throughout. This is beneficial for an affordable housing concept because it provides an opportunity for the penthouses to subsidize the cost of living for the rest of the units in the building, resulting in more affordable units below the penthouse hierarchy. The building also possesses an interwoven piped structure that globally follows the pattern of rotating nodes. An exterior skin is linked to that structure, creating a space frame concept aimed at indexing the different
commercial edges in the building. On the final layer of the skin are balcony protrusions and intrusions that consist of a thickening edge condition aimed at identifying the more local elements in the building: high, medium, and low density areas.