Watts Works Affordable Housing Tour   

Saturday, June 8th, 11:00 AM

Please join the L.A. Forum for a guided architectural tour of the Watts Works affordable housing project by Studio One Eleven, including a project discussion with the architects Michael Bohn and Justin Roth, joined by affordable housing developers, Daylight Community Development and Decro. 

Location: South Los Angeles, CA 90002 (exact location to be given out to ticket holders) 

Space is limited so RSVP HERE today to secure your spot! 

Watts Works is a 25-unit affordable housing community located at the corner of 95th Street and Compton Avenue, in the City of Los Angeles.  This is a small site with a big purpose, consisting of 58 modular shipping containers configured into 24 micro-living studio apartments dedicated to the homeless, a one-bedroom manager unit, a community room, laundry room, service provider offices and long-term bicycle parking.  The 6,140 SF lot has an equivalent density of approximately 180 units per acre. 

The total cost per unit is just under $300,000, a significant savings versus traditional construction and has proven that modular is cost effective particularly for affordable housing developments in the City of Los Angeles where construction costs can average over $500k per unit. This development took on an innovative approach to financing cost-effective housing, through use of modular design and various funding’s sources, such as Proposition HHH funds. The development has received recognition from Mayor Garcetti’s Housing Innovation Challenge part of a $23.8 million grant. This funding leverages three additional scattered sites using modular construction, also designed by Studio One Eleven, to provide much needed housing for Los Angeles.

Studio One Eleven is one of only a few firms in the country that have experience building container, wood, and steel modular. As pioneers in this field, we hope that the lessons learned will open new avenues for fast-tracking affordable housing in the region. 

This tour is presented by the L.A. Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.