Schindler Stacked

Affordable Housing Solution for LA Magazine

Inspired by the pinwheel floor plan of the landmark Schindler House in West Hollywood (designed in 1922 by architect Rudolph Schindler as an experiment in communal living), the design of this mid-rise building would allow residents to cross paths more frequently and socialize more easily. The ground floor of the building would house a communal kitchen and a space for theater, music, and dance performances as well as storage areas for bicycles and shared electric vehicles.

The layout and orientation of units on each level would be determined by chance, a reference to the work of composer John Cage, a one-time Schindler House resident. Exterior staircases that double as diagonal structural supports would also be randomly placed, giving the facade an irregular appearance. Further, the staircases would blur the boundary between public and private spaces.