Playhouse District, Pasadena, CA
49 Unit Mixed Use Building up the street from the historic Pasadena Playhouse. The Building is designed in an innovative approach that combines weather protected but open air circulation with multiple public spaces on different levels to create a healthy living environment and promote community creation, by allowing the residents to come together. A beautiful courtyard at the heart of the complex is adorned by Acacia trees and casual seating, and a unique landscaped amphitheater and stage with outdoor audiovisual screen to bring the community together. The upper floors are setback from the street to allow for open air recreation spaces shared by the occupants on multiple levels, and to open up the building to the Mountain and City views. A landscaped passage to the courtyard from the street enlivens the pedestrian experience. A dramatic bridge joins the two wings of the building, with integrated residential units with unsurpassed views. The Bridge forms an elevated multi-story open Loggia over the Passage to the Courtyard and an opportunity for yet another shared public space protected from the elements and generously opening up to the urban realm.