As Redondo Beach became gentrified, its small and eclectic beachside bungalows were steadily demolished in order to make room for a relatively homogenous collection of large mission style apartments and condominiums. As a result of this transformation, the casual, idiosyncratic, and largely exterior lifestyle of this beach community was replaced by one that was more self-conscious, banal, and highly interiorized. The local Planning Department, meanwhile, stepped in to regulate this development through a slate of draconian zoning and aesthetic ordinances designed to ensure minimum standards of quality, but which had the additional deleterious effect of legitimizing and enforcing the narrow spatial and aesthetic precedents it established.
This project, therefore, sought not only to take a stand against the city’s administrative pressure to mindlessly conform to the surrounding development, but also to demonstrate a more thoughtful example of multi-family dwelling—one that preserved the social and spatial freedom characteristic of its previous building fabric. This was achieved through the project’s use of a semi-lofted sectional strategy of spanning platform spaces separated by two-story open volumes.