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The Soma House The heightened grittiness of the neighborhood–ceaseless graffiti–has necessitated a complete material transformation of the façade of the 4,500 sf courtyard house. A screen of stainless-steel panels is replacing the original Cor-ten steel in a move to adapt to the new urban condition rather than fight it. Remaining is the four-panel translucent-glass building wall.
LOHA's San Joaquin Student Housing For the perimeter elevations, the team used white, corrugated metal cladding that evokes shipping containers. The courtyard-facing walls are sheathed in grey plaster. White-painted steel was used for the outdoor staircases and corridors. Aluminium fins frame the corridors, helping reduce sun exposure.