Los Angeles, California Developer Affirmed Housing Group, San Diego Architect Togawa Smith Martin, Inc.
This 60-unit affordable housing project sits on a steep hillside, adjacent to Chinatown, that links two streets and can be accessed from both – Yale St. at the bottom and Hill St. at the top. The building has Chinese references in the architecture and the plant palette includes many species that would be familiar to the Chinese residents. A fifth floor deck overlooks Chinatown, and can be used for Tai Chi or group gatherings. A roof deck, with views to downtown L.A., has an edible garden with plots for the residents in fiberglass planters.
Lotus Garden won a Merit Award for "Best Multifamily Community" at the 2015 PCBC Gold Nugget Awards.