Innovative design takes shape: SHoP Architects unveil plans for Baldwin Hills


Los Angeles, Ca. – The area around the La Cienega/Jefferson Station, which used to be a storage place at 3401 S. La Cienega Boulevard in Baldwin Hills, is now a building site, as Urbanize Los Angeles has reported. Lendlease and Aware Super started building the Habitat mixed-use project last year, adding a significant new feature to the area.

This big project plans to build two buildings with 260 living spaces and 253,000 square feet for offices above a parking area that fits 700 cars. Thanks to special permissions for being more packed than usual, the project can have a bigger building for living spaces. In exchange, the developers are making 22 homes that are priced lower for people with very low income and another seven homes for workers.

SHoP Architects, working for the first time in Los Angeles, designed Habitat. It includes a building for living that has 12 floors and an office building with six floors. Both buildings will have outdoor terraces for people to enjoy and spaces for tenants to use. Also, there’s about an acre of open space at ground level for everyone to use, connecting nicely to a nearby bike path.

Shop Architect’s website describes the project, scheduled for completion in 2025. This is what they said on their website:

“Situated adjacent to the La Cienega/Jefferson light rail station, bike paths accessing the citywide network, and direct connections to significant city parks, this project with Lendlease represents a new vision for ecological living in Los Angeles. On its 3.5-acre site, the program includes a 260-unit residential building with two amenity decks and a six-story, 250,000 square foot office building, the latter constructed of efficiently assembled and carbon sequestering mass timber technology. Ground floor retail completes the offering, designed to concentrate pedestrian activity and create a joyful and resilient urban environment.”

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