Located at the corner of 6th Street and Vermont Avenue in Koreatown, this 12-story, 192,000 SF mixed-use residential project will completely reimagine an existing 1960s Department of Mental Health (DMH) office building. The new design takes advantage of the LA Adaptive Reuse Ordinance, and will provide the neighborhood with 172 new units. The decision to renovate, rather than tear down and build new, was both an economical and sustainable solution. A sky deck amenity space with lap pool will sit on top of the existing roof. Residents will also have access to a landscaped rooftop amenity space on top of the stand-alone, four-story parking garage.
Required upgrades to the existing building’s structural system are required, and the design capitalizes on the seismic bracing elements, incorporating them into the building’s design. Steinberg is working with Nabih Youssef Associates on an inventive structural solution to fully wrap the building’s exterior with articulated bracing. The result will be an iconic-looking honeycomb facade. This exoskeleton will reduce the need for internal columns beyond the building’s core, which would have reduced the square footage of the individual units.
All upgrades to the existing building, along with 4,700 SF of retail at street level, will result in achieving Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas’s mission to eliminate blight in this rapidly improving neighborhood.