Cayuca is a small living community located in the center of Hillcrest. The design was inspired by the pursuit to live a gentler path and soften the footprint on the environment.
The architecture is defined by three rectangular volumes of Santa Barbara stone plaster and ebony finished cedar. The finishes were selected for their natural characteristics that age and patina over time. The interior spaces were designed like Swiss Army knives, providing the residents with everything they need in a compact space with maximum functionality and light.
The project utilized deconstruction alongside Habitat for Humanity to minimize demolition waste; roofs are covered in solar panels powering 1/3 of the building; pervious pavers cover the hardscape to retain a majority of the runoff during storms, xeriscape occupies all landscape areas; alternative transportation is incentivized with bike racks and reduced parking. To meet the demands for more affordable housing, over half of the living spaces are Low Income and Very Low Income.
3732 TENTH AVENUE
MICKLISH STUDIO (DESIGNER/BUILDER) / WORKSHOP-B (ARCHITECT OF RECORD)