Las Alturas Concept Design

Client / WORKS/Women Organizing Resources, Knowledge, and Service

Area / Lincoln Heights

Status / Complete

Type / Commercial, Mixed Use, Restaurant/Bar, Housing

Led by the innovative non-profit housing developer WORKS, we teamed with Studio-MLA, KFA, and BuroHappold for Las Alturas, a proposal to reinvent the former Lincoln Heights Jail.

Las Alturas Concept Design

Led by the innovative non-profit housing developer WORKS, we teamed with Studio-MLA, KFA, and BuroHappold for Las Alturas, a proposal to reinvent the former Lincoln Heights Jail.

Owner / WORKS/Women Organizing Resources, Knowledge, and Service

Location / Lincoln Heights

Status / Complete

Type / Commercial, Mixed Use, Restaurant/Bar, Housing

Led by the innovative non-profit housing developer WORKS, we teamed with Studio-MLA, KFA, and BuroHappold for Las Alturas, a proposal to reinvent the former Lincoln Heights Jail.

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Inspiration

WORKS’ mission is to provide appropriate an array of services to its residents, ensuring they are able to access healthy food and receive benefits, health care, job training, and, as appropriate, case management and substance-use programs.

Inverting the concept of a jail, our team sought to create an environment where health and growth drove the design program. We wanted to celebrate regeneration at all scales, starting with the building’s adaptive reuse and extending to renewable-energy systems and programs that invited the interaction of many demographics.

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Design

Our vision for the former jail building included an urban agriculture college and high school with production farms, a health and wellness center, child care and adult day care, 47 market-rate live-work lofts, creative offices, a gastropub, and a rooftop space for dining and events. Adjacent to the existing building would be 66 units of newly constructed affordable housing.