Oakwood Olympic & Olive and Park House – Milestones

The Orange County Register

September 24, 2017

The annual American Institute of Architects Orange County Design Awards has conferred several honors on local architects and builders for their innovative work. Included in the honors were:

KTGY Architecture + Planning’s Irvine office was honored for its Park House concept, which received the Inspire Award, and Oakwood Olympic & Olive, which earned the Honor Award. The Park House proposal looks at how city planners and architects can repurpose parking structures as society shifts away from car ownership to ridesharing. The Park House concept hypothetically converts a parking structure into a high-density residential complex. The design includes two unit types, a one-bedroom unit made of three shipping containers, and a two-bedroom unit constructed out of three containers with a prefabricated extension. Named for its location at the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Olive Street in Downtown Los Angeles, Oakwood Olympic & Olive, an extended stay, for-rent residential building, was renovated and modernized to attract short- and long-term tech, media and entertainment business travelers in Los Angeles.

Santa Ana-based SVA Architects and American Family Housing, which received the Award of Merit in the category of Planned Residential Development for their work on Potter’s Lane in Midway City. The annual AIA OC Design Awards honors innovative solutions to the complex architectural problems facing Orange County. This year’s competition elicited 86 entries. Developed by American Family Housing, Potter’s Lane is a unique housing development made of modified-steel shipping containers. The containers were transformed into fully functional, 480-square-foot homes for 15 chronically homeless veterans and one manager. Each unit has a bedroom, dining area, kitchen, and bathroom.