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    Mutuo has designed Boyle Tower in Los Angeles. Picture: Caca Santoro Photography

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    Mutuo has created an affordable housing concept for Los Angeles. Picture: Caca Santoro Photography

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Compact housing concept for LA

Magda Ibrahim
Monday 25 Feb 2019

Mutuo has designed a novel plan for creating affordable housing in Los Angeles.

Design studio Mutuo has developed a plan for creating micro housing using reinforced precast box culverts commonly used for infrastructure projects.

The solution for building modern, compact, affordable housing in Los Angeles has been tested in a one-storey pilot plan.

Mutuo now plans to replicate the pilot project by stacking five units into a tower configuration on the city’s Boyle Avenue.

The basic pilot plan unit comprises four interlocked boxes, one for each space: living, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom.

Each box is 10 foot wide by 8 foot deep and has a 10 foot ceiling and interlocks with the next creating a long and narrow unit.

The boxes combined form a 320sqft interior unit.

A team of eight architects from Mutuo worked on the project, along with associate architect Urb-in.

Superjacent has carried out landscape architecture at the site, while structural engineering was completed by Nous Engineering.

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