This senior housing project departs from the tradition of affordable elderly housing in its approach to achieving several social objectives. The complex is divided into a variety of independent residential units, public buildings and public spaces, the integration of which creates a town within a town. This design connects the elderly yet highly independent residents of the complex to the town of Colton, while providing them with a sense of privacy, security and community.
The site is at the center of the City of Colton – Hub of Industry: a town on the edge of Los Angeles. As a basic design objective, the fabric and scale of the city is recalled by the pattern of objects that make up the one hundred unit project intended for elderly residents who qualify as low income.
The organization is based on a square divided into nine smaller squares: each a three story cluster of nine to twelve apartments, with the center square acting as green space. In many places the apartment clusters are shaped to make room for landmark “public” buildings – meeting hall, library, crafts pavilion and the entry buildings. The structure of the nine square forms a basic, almost primitive, fabric of objects. Each object “spins” off from this origin – forgetting where it began.