Koning Eizenberg Awarded the prestigious 2013 World Architecture Festival Housing Award
Koning Eizenberg was just awarded the prestigious 2013 World Architecture Festival Housing Award for the 28th Street Apartments located in South Los Angeles.
The World Architecture Festival gathered over 1,750 architects from around the world in Singapore from October 2-4 to exchange ideas and inspiration for design. 260 shortlisted projects were considered foraward in 30 different categories. This year, only 15 of the shortlisted projects were from the USA. Koning Eizenberg was the only US firm to receive an award. Referring to the 28th Street Apartments, the judges noted: “This project demonstrates architecture as an agent for social transformation. The architect was able to knit together historical continuity and something very new, something of high architectural value.”
The 28th Street Apartments is a project of Clifford Beers Housing, a local not for profit that provides housing to the homeless, individuals transitioning from foster care and adults with mental illness. The project adds new residential units, upgrades existing units and revitalizes principal spaces and features of an historic YMCA designed by noted architect Paul R. Williams and completed in 1926. The Y was a focus of African American social life in Los Angeles in the era of segregation and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Inventive integration of new building systems releases the existing rooftop for use as a garden and social space to link old and new. The thin cross-ventilated addition is shaded to the south by a vertical photovoltaic panel array and wrapped to the north with perforated metal screens that feather at the corners to frame views of the city. A secondary Los Angeles maintains leadership in the US for socially responsible design. It is great to see that innovative social programming and design are valued internationally by the World Architecture Festival.
Koning Eizenberg Architecture was established in 1981 by Hank Koning FAIA, FRAIA, LEED AP, and Julie Eizenberg, AIA and offers a distinctive sensibility crafted from a hands-on pragmatism combined with an integrated approach to sustainability and a belief in the power of informal social space to build community. Over the last ten years Koning Eizenberg has expanded to include two more principals, Brian Lane and Nathan Bishop. Together they lead a team of architects, observers and thinkers that work across a range of building types, including housing (affordable and market rate), community centers, schools, hotels, recreational facilities, retail, workplace, and museums. The firm’s well-known body of work has been published extensively both in the US and abroad, and has earned over 100 awards for design, sustainability and historic preservation.
- Julie Ezienberg