Completed earlier this year to much fanfare in West Hollywood, Calif., Sierra Bonita is a mixed-used affordable housing complex that heavily depends on something that a devastatingly drenched Southern California desperately needs right now: clear skies and lots of sunshine.
Aside from the solar systems, Sierra Bonita also features a cooling bamboo forest of sorts within the building’s inner courtyard. Additionally, each 620 square-foot one-bedroom unit comes complete with energy-efficient appliances, high-speed Internet, natural lighting, efficient AC units, and design features geared for disabled residents. The West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation has offices on the ground level of the building, which is designated for nonprofit commercial use.
Sierra Bonita is a remarkable — and increasingly common — case of the intersection of stylish green design and affordable housing. Here’s hoping that things return to normal in the L.A. area soon and that those solar panels are able to go back to what they do best: capturing sunlight and not deflecting rainwater.
Via [Jetson Green]
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