Pasadena, CA: This is state-of-the-art California courtyard housing designed by someone who knows the form well, Stefanos Polyzoides. It shows Los Angeles how to build densities in or near existing downtowns -- in this case 50 units to the acre within a block of Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard. Residents have a one-block walk to Target and about a 5-block walk to Metro's Gold Line. It also adds density gracefully, avoiding the bulkiness of nearby stacked-flats and using intimate-yet-airy European spaces to break up the space.
Credits: Steve Filmanowicz