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Formosa 1140, West Hollywood, Calif.

formosaThe 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 exterior."

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.

General contractor: Richard Loring, Assoc. AIA, Archetype, Los Angeles
Architect: Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects, Los Angeles
Project developer: Habitat Group Los Angeles, Los Angeles
Installer: Malott Metal Craft, Palmdale, Calif.
Metal wall panels: Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp., Louisville, Ky.,