The infill project Media Village combines
ROBERT STEUTEVILLE    JUN. 1, 2001
The infill project Media Village combines senior housing, ground-floor retail, and subterranean public parking on a 3-acre block in downtown Burbank, California. Designed by Mark Gangi of Gangi Development, Media Village interacts with the street in a variety of ways. One facade features a block-length colonnade, and another fronts a public plaza lined with retail outlets. A side alley and loading zone has been transformed into a pedestrian paseo, which is flexible enough to accommodate loading during limited hours. Social interaction in the senior housing is promoted by placing the apartment entrances on open air balconies overlooking a landscaped courtyard on top of the retail level.