A Community of Friends
Parker Hotel
Project Requirements
Renovate a derelict residential hotel located in a blighted area of downtown Los Angeles for occupancy by HIV positive and/or mentally disabled adults of very modest means. The new program called for 32 single room occupancy units, each with bathroom, and common rooms for cooking, dining and community activities.
Project Solution
The existing structure barely accommodated the new program. All rooms were reconfigured in order to create enough space for thirty-two new bathrooms. Public functions were located at the front of the building in order to be visually connected with what street life there might be. Graphics, finishes, and colors were specifically selected to bring light, brightness and a cheerful environment to the grey neighborhood. Year completed: 1994