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Playa Vista, Brookfield Properties
Los Angeles, CA
Playa Vista Housing
Unexpected development.
An affordable enclave saves space for local workers.
The right to a reasonable commute.
For Playa Vista, a new high-end, mixed-use community on LA’s west side, HED recently designed 125 more affordable condo units specifically set aside for LA’s workforce. These community members frequently struggle to secure housing that is both close to work and financially feasible.

Positioned at the edge of Playa Vista, the units take full advantage of the development’s expansive campus, including gathering spaces, parks, and recreation areas. From this vibrant outdoor community, occupants enter a peaceful, contemplative interior organized around an open central courtyard. Each unit includes a full-sized kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom and bathroom as well as a private balcony. The exterior design leverages a clean, modern aesthetic that echoes the development’s higher-priced housing, ensuring the units seamlessly blend with surrounding properties. An underground parking podium provides secure indoor parking.

We believe the ability to live within a reasonable commute to work shouldn’t be a luxury available only to a select few. Through our work on the new Playa Vista development, HED helped to provide 125 members of LA’s workforce with quality housing that is closer to their workplaces, enabling them to fully participate in the communities they serve and support.
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Results
125 members of LA’s workforce are now be able to live closer to work—and to fully participate in the communities they serve and support.
The exterior design’s clean, modern aesthetic echoes the development’s higher-priced housing, and ensures the units seamlessly blend with surrounding properties.
The units take full advantage of the development’s expansive campus, including gathering spaces, parks, and recreation areas.
Thoughtful design details and amenities elevate the comparatively simple layout.
Each unit is designed around an open central courtyard, and includes a full-sized kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom, bathroom and private balcony.
Project Data
Playa Vista 2013-00065-000
Brookfield Residential
Los Angeles, CA
PROJECT SCOPE
New Construction
HED ROLE
Design Architect
RSF/GSF
138,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$23.0 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
    LEED Certified Equivalent
Project Team
  • Catherine Araga
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Associate
    Project Management
  • Jerome (Otis) Odell
    AIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Market Sector Leadership
  • Gary Goldblum
    AIA, AWS
    Associate Principal
    Architecture
An affordable enclave saves space for local workers.
Playa Vista, Brookfield Properties
Los Angeles, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Unexpected development.