WATTS/103RD STREET TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT

The 103rd Street / Watts Towers Station Transit-Oriented Development is located within a 5-minute walking radius of the iconic Watts Towers, the cultural heart of the community. The elongated geometry and shallow depth of the consolidated site are challenging for typical development prototypes. 

The proposed scenario addresses these challenges in several ways. Firstly, the eastern and western components of the site are connected by integrating the existing pedestrian bridge as a component to bind the parcels across the existing railroad rights of way. Secondly, the elongated development is scaled by incorporating shared open spaces and extending the existing network of public space including the Simon Rodia State Historic Park. Finally, for the shallow lots, the residential units are served by a single loaded corridor adjacent to the transit lines. 

The connection to the iconic Watts Towers is enabled by views from the upper levels of units. Access for residents is provided from a shared open space adjacent to the pedestrian bridge thereby providing greater safety because of increased pedestrian activity. Residents share community space at ground level and shared amenities on the podium deck at the second level.


Typology

Transit-Oriented, Mixed USe, Residential

Location

Watts Neighborhood, Los Angeles, California

Year

2017-2019

Status

Predevelopment

Size

260,000 SF / 15 Acres

Client

Anderson Development

Collaboraters

Maxima Group

Design Team

Farooq Ameen, Caglar Gokbulut, Ashwini Dhamankar, Mehran Mashayekh


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