Paws-a-While mixed use
Paws-a while is a classic So. Cal. urban infill problem. Like all Los Angeles cities, the State of California is mandating the expansion of housing opportunities within each and every community to meet future housing needs. Consequently, cities Like Manhattan Beach find themselves offering new mixed use corridors to try and comply with new state guidelines. This small 50×104 ft lot carries many zoning constraints, such as parking, circulation and massing. In respecting the planning needs the design party also sought to create a vertical community of small boutique offices and retail at the Manhattan Beach Blvd corridor frontage while offering a connected 2 unit residential component to create a livable town home style housing complex. The acceptance of the interrelationships of the shared roof top garden, elevator and circulation system embrace the notion of older building generations philosophy of harmonious co-existence between the world of commerce and personal habitat . As our environment gets taxed to accommodate more and more building types like this, it will become increasingly become essential create building typologies that sustain the quality of life.