Cherokee Loft Apartments in California by Pugh and Scarpa Architects 06.10.10

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The legendary former Cherokee Recording Studios in California have been transformed into mixed-use lofts by architect Pugh and Scarpa. The development is inspired by the series of paintings titled Prospectivity by British artist Patrick Hughs, which appear to move and change when viewed. The lofts give the viewer something different every time they are observed.

Perforated aluminium panelling covers the building, broken into concertina-like screens that can be opened by the inhabitants, leading to a constantly changing facade. Like shutters, the screens shade and cool the building, reduce noise, enhance privacy and allow good natural light and ventilation. This along with other passive design strategies result in Cherokee Lofts surpassing standard practice and being the first LEED Platinum Certified Mixed-Use building in Southern California.

Cherokee has five floors in total: an underground parking level, a floor of retail, and 12 lofts spread over three floors, seven of which are two-storey town houses. A rooftop deck and garden provide greenery for the occupants as well as insulating the building, cleaning the air and reducing stormwater runoff. Paying homage to the significant musical history of the studios and artists that recorded there, the lofts on the fourth floor contain a state-of-the-art home recording studio. The building's unique yet functional facade and sustainable credentials reflect the environmental and cultural context in which the Cherokee Lofts are built.

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Claire Beard

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Perforated aluminium panelling covers the building, broken into concertina-like screens that can be opened by the inhabitants, leading to a constantly changing facade

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