Michael Maltzan Architecture, Star Apartment, Skid Row, Los Angeles, USA 2018
© Laurian Ghinitoiu 

Skid Row is an area in downtown LA, with a population of 8,000 homeless people. They sleep in tents and improvised settlements which needs to be dismantled and relocated constantly for street cleaning and sanitation. Located in the area, The Star Apartments was transformed from a commercial building into a new mixed used complex with 102 apartments units for formerly homeless individuals. At first sight a fortress, the building has a series of social services and healthcare zones.