Located at the corner of 6th Street and Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles’s central Koreatown neighborhood, 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 City of LA’s progressive adaptive reuse policies to provide the neighborhood with 172 new residential units. The decision to renovate, rather than tear down and build new, was both an economical and sustainable solution. The renovation will add a sky deck amenity space with a lap pool to the existing rooftop. Residents will also have access to a landscaped communal space on top of the stand-alone, four-story parking garage.
Steinberg’s design capitalizes on required structural upgrades to integrate seismic bracing elements into the building envelope. Steinberg is developing an inventive structural solution that will fully wrap the building’s exterior with articulated bracing, resulting in an iconic-looking honeycomb facade. This exoskeleton will reduce the need for internal columns beyond the building’s core, expanding the usable square feet of the individual units.
By upgrading the existing building, along with 4,700 SF of retail at the pedestrian level, Steinberg formulated an original solution to re-purposing Los Angeles’s aging mid-century modern buildings, reducing blight in this rapidly improving neighborhood.