Stella Mixed-Use, Marina Del Rey, Calif.

The challenges were demanding for this mixed use project--nearby freeway, groundwater and soil contamination, and methan mitigation.

10 percent of the units needed to be set aside for low-income occupants, in order to mirror the diversity of Los Angeles.

The goal was an amenity-rich, sustainable building dense enough for an array of different sized apartments, as well as mixed use.

Los Angeles, a city long famed for sprawl, is sprawled to the limits and getting denser. Solutions like Stella Mixed Use are becoming more common.

The site plan.

The judges liked the variety of materials used, and they praised the generous outdoor spaces.

Stella is a model for modern, urban California living.

Landscaped common spaces offer places to grill, cook, and gather.

The project needed to be dense enough to offer studio, one, two, and three-bedroom apartments, as well as retail.

The project's bold, contemporary design has spurred growth in the area.

Stella contains 244 residential units, which have been scaled back in square footage in order to nicely-proportioned common areas.

Stella Mixed Use in context

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