This colorful housing complex is situated in northern Califonia. Wisconsin-based studio Johnsen Schmaling Architects put effort into creating a dynamic embellishment to the neighborhood by cheerfully accenting the facades of the Oak Park project.
The infusion of a design-forward, multi-colored architecture is of significance, given the troublesome past of the area. The community has had a lengthy period of struggle due to "economic stagnation and disinvestment." In addition, Oak Park was a site for riots after police raided a Black Panther Party office in 1969.
Thus, the newly developed colorful housing complex has an uplifting character that could potentially serve as a beacon of hope. Described as an "urban revitalisation [project]," Johnsen Schmaling Architects channel the creative and good-natured side of the community.
Photo Credits: John J Macaulay