Formosa 1140, West Hollywood, Calif.
The new Formosa 1140
multi-residential unit in West Hollywood, Calif., features
a metal façade made up of 12,900 square feet of perforated 36-inch
T16-E wall panels in custom PVDF Kynar 500 Coronado Red and Raucous
Orange from Louisville, Ky.-based Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp.
The T16-E panels feature crisp 90-degree vertical box ribs with
4-inch centers and an exposed fastener. For this project, the
panels are cut into rectangular segments with squared-off edges,
giving the building its sharply linear quality.
"Metal Sales embraced our design, creating a nonstandard wall
panel just for this project," explains Lorcan O'Herlihy, FAIA,
principal, Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects, Los Angeles. "The striking
nature of the panel, with added benefits of durability,
recyclability and shading creates a smart, stand-out building
The new 11-unit housing project employs texture, color and shape
to create an ordered geometric pattern that literally pops from the
underlying shiplap frame both structurally and visually. Perforated
cladding facilitates an eye-catching translucent effect and serves
to shade the facility without inhibiting views to the outside. The
corrugated lines of the panels are juxtaposed in alternating
horizontal and vertical directions, creating an intricate patchwork
out of just two colors. Varioussized cutouts frame the balconies,
windows and walkways for additional dimension and openness.
Formosa 1140 was conceived by both LOHA architects and the
project developer, Los Angelesbased Habitat Group Los Angeles.
Beyond its unusual exterior, the unit stands as an urban anomaly,
as one-third of the site's footprint is devoted to public park
space. Joining a network of "pocket parks" developed throughout the
city, the project represents a modern and unique approach to
community planning. The project team also consisted of installer
Malott Metal Craft, Palmdale, Calif., and general contractor
Richard Loring, Assoc. AIA, Archetype, Los Angeles.
Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp.,