LOCATION North Hollywood, CA
TYPE 60 units of housing with retail, enlarged streetscape plaza, upper landscape courtyard, community deck, and individual garden balconies
SIZE 57,000sf building | 18,000sf landscape
PROJECT TEAM Hillock Land Company, Brooks + Scarpa-architecture, John Labib and Associates-structure, BL Hall-civil, IDS Group-mep, Frymer Construction-contractors
*exterior building renderings by Brooks Scarpa
Camarillo Apartments is a 60-unit rental apartment building with 4,000 square feet of commercial space. Offering shelter and comfort, the Camarillo Apartments break the prescriptive mold of the traditional shelter by creating public and private “zones” in which private space is de-emphasized, in favor of large public areas. The organization of the space is intended to transform the way people live-away from a reclusive isolating layout towards a community-oriented, interactive space. The ground level contains offices, bike storage and parking while the second level has a large public courtyard and the fourth floor a roof deck overlooking the courtyard. Dappled light fills the courtyard through the large building window on the street side and opening in the roof while affording a sense of privacy while maintaining maximum openness. Surrounded by four levels of housing units with balconies the courtyard has large openings with green terraces that visually connects the space to the street on the lower level beyond. This allows the tenants to enjoy a secured open space while still connecting to the larger community.