Studio One Eleven

Watts Works

Client: Daylight Community Development
Size: 11,596 SF
Type: Housing
Watts Works is a 25 unit affordable housing community located at the corner of 95th Street and Compton Avenue, in the city of Los Angeles.

The community consists of 58 modular shipping containers configured into 24 studio apartments dedicated to homeless, a one-bedroom manager unit, a community room, laundry room, service provider offices and long-term bicycle parking. Located on the ground floor overlooking the street corner, the community room opens directly onto a landscaped patio. This compact building was designed with a focus on exterior stairways connecting a variety of open spaces at various levels. The open stairs at each end of the building, in conjunction with open corridors provide cross-ventilation and encourage tenant use to engage in a healthy lifestyle.

In support of Daylight’s performance goals, the design team incorporated reduced window-to-wall ratios on the south and western facades and leveraged the mild California climate for common area circulation by placing the stairs outdoors, which also significantly increases active circulation.

This development took on an innovative approach to financing cost-effective housing, through use of modular design and various funding’s sources, such as Proposition HHH funds. The development has received recognition from Mayor Garcetti’s Housing Innovation Challenge with a $23.8 million grant. This funding will leverage three additional scattered sites to provide much needed housing for Los Angeles.

Daylight Community Development celebrated the project's opening with a virtual groundbreaking ceremony in March of 2021. Speakers in the ceremony included Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell, City Councilman Joe Buscaino, and Studio One Eleven Principal Michael Bohn, who calls Watts Works "a small site with a big purpose". To hear more about the project's feats click on the virtual groundbreaking link here.

Projects Awards
Westside Urban Forum Merit Award

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