While the promise of prefabricated housing has remained largely unfulfilled, there are currently ambitious, multi-unit projects sprouting on both coasts. In New York, groundbreaking recently took place for SHoP’s B2 Bklyn, a 32-story modular residential tower in Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards. And in Los Angeles, Michael Maltzan Architecture is entering the final phase of construction for the 102-unit Star Apartments, a permanent supportive housing project for the formerly homeless. The building marks the first modular, prefabricated project in the country for this community.
Located in Downtown’s Skid Row district, the project is the third collaboration between developer Skid Row Housing Trust and Maltzan, who previously designed Rainbow and New Carver Apartments for the nonprofit. While those preceding projects were new, ground-up construction, Star Apartments builds on and incorporates pre-existing ground floor retail.