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LAMP Community Sunshelter
LAMP Community Sunshelter
LAMP Community Sunshelter
LAMP Community Sunshelter
LAMP Community Sunshelter
LAMP Community Sunshelter
LAMP Community Sunshelter
LAMP Community Sunshelter
LAMP Community Sunshelter
LAMP Community Sunshelter
LAMP Community Sunshelter

LAMP Community Sunshelter

2005 Index Award Top Nominee.


type: Exterior Wall / Planter

client: LAMP Comunity

location: Skid Row, Los Angeles California

budget: $12,000

size: 800sf

role: Design and Fabrication Team



Commissioned by Lamp Community, a non-profit organization working with homeless people in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, the Sun Shelter Pavilion occupies the front yard area of their newly renovated Frank Rice Safehaven facility, a drop-in and crisis center for the homeless with mental illnesses. Replacing boundaries with thresholds and seeking to provide an integral and prototypical urban interface, the space encompassed by the Sun Shelter Pavilion proposes a place at which independent and often unrelated systems meet and act on, or communicate, with each other. By creating an effective and dynamic relationship between the inside and outside realms, the Sun Shelter Pavilion establishes a platform of exchange between the Skid Row area homeless population and the organization's mission: to facilitate interaction and resource-sharing in order to contribute to the development of a functionally supportive and empowering community. The design, fabrication and installation were carried out by a team of SCI-Arc students and faculty during the 2004 spring and summer terms, following a collaborative initiative looking to engage education and practice within the transformation of the city of Los Angeles. The program promotes a hands-on approach for students to experience and participate in community development.

Project Type: Commercial Facade
Architect: Alexis Rochas and Student Team
Role: Design and Fabrication

Text by Alexis Rochas I/O