John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects
1461 E 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
213 253 4740
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AIRE lies in the heart of Santa Monica, California. The 19-unit residential complex features (12) three-bedroom units and (7) two-bedroom units all connected by underground parking and an open courtyard that provides a serene and communal outdoor public space for all residents.
Three stories of residential units are innovatively organized as double-story townhouses stacked on top of ground floor flats. Each double-story townhouse offers not one, but two private roof decks that are accessed via stair landings created by the unit’s skipped section. In addition to providing access to private open space, the decks allow natural light to filter inside, highlighting the spaciousness of the double-height living areas contained in each residence.
The combination of well-landscaped open spaces, a pedestrian-friendly and well-landscaped zone fronting the street, and imaginative sectional articulation establishes a bright, light, and uniquely SoCal living environment.