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SIERRA BONITA APARTMENTS

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA

Client: Tighe Architecture


Completed in 2010, this new 42-unit building provides low-income affordable housing for the city of West Hollywood.  Designed by Tighe Architects, the building is a pilot project for the city’s Green Building Ordinance and includes a solar electric panel system integrated into the facade and roof of the building.  Residents’ balconies overlook an inner courtyard that features bamboo, grasses, and walkways in a geometric pattern.  The bamboos improve the air quality of the space while providing a cool microclimate for residents. Drought-tolerant plantings use drip irrigation from collected rainwater while concrete enclosures serve as planters to filter the rainwater before it leaves the site.  The courtyard is also illuminated by vertical light tubes that give the space light and visual interest at night.