OwnerSouthwestern Law School
Size187,000 s.f.
LocationLos Angeles
ArchitectCorsini Stark Architects, LLP
DeveloperSymphony Development
MEP L/SDavidovich & Associates
General ContractorMATT Construction
USGBC DesignationLEED Platinum
AwardsLos Angeles County Sustainability Award

The four-story Residences at 7th designed by Corsini Stark Architects, received honors at The 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards. Hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) on June 4th, the event highlighted the best of the region’s new and innovative architectural achievements. The 133 unit structure for graduate students of the progressive University is located just behind the famed Art Deco Bullock’s Wilshire building now serving as the school’s main building. Located at 7th Street between Westmoreland Avenue and Shatto Place, the site sits at what was once a school parking lot at the southwest corner of the campus and has been dubbed a “Living-Learning Village”. The fully furnished units & complex provide attendant support functions, social spaces and an array of open spaces, as well as an on-site business center, private study rooms, spacious two-story lobby-lounge, a roof-top sun deck and is designed to maximize natural ventilation and daylight. The Type-V, wood framed construction has one level above grade and one below grade single level secured indoor parking.

The new construction and stone base was inspired from other historical buildings around Wilshire Boulevard in addition to the Bullocks building. Contemporary curved design transforms the campus into an urban, 24- hour accessible retreat with a large landscaped central courtyard and adjacent ‘pearl’ lounge building. Individual units in the complex are equipped with full “Energy Star” kitchens, in-unit washer/dryers, full bathrooms, HVAC units, 42″ flat screened televisions with Direct TV connections, wireless and wired internet and floor-to-ceiling energy-rated windows with city views.

Aerial View on June 5, 2013 shows sitework underway.

Rooftop Sundeck overlooks Courtyard with city views.

The MEP Design included installation of electrical service, fire-life-safety systems, finished plumbing and electrical fixtures, lighting and signage. Residents are confident in knowing there is a state-of-the-art security system and environmentally sustainable features including high efficiency irrigation system, recycling facilities, water conservation appliances and fixtures and preferred parking for hybrid/electric cars with designated electric plug-in stations. The project achieved LEED Platinum designation.

Southwestern University celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding in 2011 and is the second oldest law school in Los Angeles. The University is well known for having one of the most diverse student populations in the country. The $24 million facility was financed by private donations raised by the school and by tax-exempt California Municipal Finance Authority Revenue Bonds, Series 2011 issued in October 2011.

Courtyard and Pearl Student Lounge

View of Residences from Promenade.

Photography by Vladimir Davidovich

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