Named for local activists Julian and Raye Richardson, the Richardson Apartments sits on land left vacant after the removal of a freeway spur. To break up the building massing, the architects employed several surfaces and materials on the façade.
Ground-floor communal spaces, including the resident lounge, feature board-formed concrete walls and polished concrete floors.
The robust materiality of the public spaces continues in the units themselves, which incorporate highly durable cabinetry, quality furniture, tiled bathrooms, and easy-to-maintain plumbing. Staggered stud walls between units mitigate sound.
The building is topped with a partial green roof, planters for resident gardens, a photovoltaic array, and solar hot-water heaters.