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Step Up on 5th
Step Up on 5th
Pugh + Scarpa
Santa Monica, California
In downtown Santa Monica, this new building provides support and rehabilitation services for the local homeless and mentally disabled population, as well as 46 affordable residential studio units. Ground-floor retail and below-grade parking complete the mixed-use structure. Pugh + Scarpa, the 2010 AIA Firm of the Year, based in Santa Monica, focused on making the inexpensive building energy efficient, employing both passive, low-tech strategies — sunlight orientation, natural ventilation, and strategic use of screens — as well as more integral elements, such as low-flow plumbing appliances and sustainable building materials. In all, the building exceeds California’s stringent Title 24 energy measures by 30 percent.
Photo © John Edward Linden

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