This week, we are keeping it local-and for good reason. A few innovative students from the very prestigious Southern California Institute of Architecture have made people pay attention to their project.  These diligent students literally built a two-story, 1,185 square foot house.  And if that is not impressive enough, it is located smack in the middle of Los Angeles.  And this is not the typical, fancy part of LA either.  They purposely chose one of the most crime-filled part of this huge city.  Why you ask? Read on.

 IVRV House by Sci-Arc and Habitat for Humanity LA, affordable architecture in Los Angeles, California, USA. Photograph by Joshua White          IVRV House by Sci-Arc and Habitat for Humanity LA, affordable architecture in Los Angeles, California, USA. Photograph by Joshua White

All photography by: Joshua White

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Named the IVRV House, this 3D freeform home was created in collaboration with the Greater Los Angeles chapter of Habitat for Humanity.  They are a non-profit organization that constructs homes for families in need.  This home was built in West Athens, a part of L.A. where the crime rate is very high and considered a low-income area of the city.  Minus the donated labor and material, the house was constructed for $165 per square foot.  "We tried to challenge the status quo of sustainable and affordable housing in form and content," said Darin Johnstone, a design studio professor and head of the SCI-Arc/Habitat LA Housing Project.  John Enright, the school’s vice director also added "SCI-Arc has always believed that design can change the world, and these students have proven that by building a house that incorporates sustainability, smart materials and novel economic building systems."

 IVRV House by Sci-Arc and Habitat for Humanity LA, affordable architecture in Los Angeles, California, USA. Photograph by Joshua White         IVRV House by Sci-Arc and Habitat for Humanity LA, affordable architecture in Los Angeles, California, USA. Photograph by Joshua White 

All photography by: Joshua White

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The 3-bedroom 2 full bathroom home is constructed of black layered metal panels designed to accommodate thin, photovoltaic panels, a material which captures and neutralizes harmful particles in the air.  The interior is made up of vinyl strips coated in photovoltaic material as well.  The layers are affixed to a steel tube structural frame, which keeps the house together.  The home’s kitchen and living room is an open space, equipped with a glass-enclosed corridor that overlooks the entry door.  Johnstone also mentioned that "In this historically challenged neighborhood, we tried to produce a house for the family that is not only safe, affordable and sustainable but also delightful, alluring and hopefully beautiful."  One huge step towards an innovative, safe tomorrow! 

 

Story Reference:

http://www.dezeen.com/2016/06/22/sci-arc-students-habitat-for-humanity-residential-architecture-low-income-los-angeles-neighbourhood-california-usa/