Apartment interior.
Colins Lozada Apartment interior.


Category: Live
Honorable Mention
The 2802 Pico Housing project brings affordable housing to a mixed commercial and residential zone near the Santa Monica College campus, just 2.5 miles from the beach. In the face of zoning constraints and neighborhood concerns, the locally based architects designed a 42,263-square-foot cluster of dwellings, retail, and community space surrounding a courtyard that benefits from westerly ocean breezes in a manner that showed “a will to transform a sometimes very tough and heartless typology,” juror Sheila Kennedy said. Interlocking bridges cross the central open area to provide access to 33 residential units along single-loaded corridors that relate to the area’s pedestrian scale, despite the fact that “this project was about a different kind of urban fabric, and community life,” juror Cathy Lang Ho said.

See all of the winners of ARCHITECT's 2013 Annual Design Review here.

The pedestrian-scaled exterior.
John Edward Linden Photography The pedestrian-scaled exterior.


Exterior, showing the corner ground-floor retail space.
John Edward Linden Photography Exterior, showing the corner ground-floor retail space.


Bridges that criss-cross over the internal courtyard provide circulation for the complex.
John Edward Linden Photography Bridges that criss-cross over the internal courtyard provide circulation for the complex.
Courtesy Moore Rubell Yudel


Courtesy Moore Rubell Yudel
Courtesy Moore Rubell Yudel


Apartment interior.
Colins Lozada Apartment interior.



Project Credits Project  2802 Pico Housing, Santa Monica, Calif.
Client  Community Corp. of Santa Monica
Architect  Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners, Santa Monica, Calif.—James Mary O’Connor, AIA (principal-in-charge); Pooja Bhagat, AIA (project manager); Kaoru Orime (color and materials); Mark Grand (models); Colins Lozada (photography); Martin Saavedra, Jason Pytko, Toru Narita, Alberto Reano (team)
Landscape  Pamela Burton & Co. Landscape Architecture
Structural Engineer  C. W. Howe Partners
M/E/P and Lighting Engineer  Davidovich & Associates
Civil Engineer  VCA Engineers
Geotechnical Engineer  Grover Hollingsworth and Associates
Planning  Planning and Community Development, City of Santa Monica
General Contractor  Morley Construction Co., Benchmark Contractors
Project Manager  J.S. Egan Design
Acoustics  Schaffer Acoustics
Waterproofing  Independent Roofing Consultants
Photography  John Edward Linden Photography
Size  42,263 gross square feet, 28,000 square feet (parking)
Cost  $12.5 million