A socially and environmentally responsible single-room occupancy housing complex

Colorado Court is a cost-effective affordable housing project in downtown Santa Monica, California, featuring sustainable energy systems and high-quality design. The complex, built on an infill site in a densely populated section of downtown includes 44 well-appointed single-room occupancy (SRO) units.  Its design incorporates state-of-the-art sustainable energy systems, including photovoltaic solar panels, a series of passive solar features from siting to ventilation systems, and a micro-turbine that supplements solar panel energy generation.

By combining energy efficient and, Colorado Court transformed the model for what could be accomplished in SRO housing.

2003 Selection Committee

An unusual collaboration between architect, developer, and municipality, this joint effort is one of the few affordable housing projects in the country to effectively combine sustainable energy systems with affordable housing and quality architectural design. The project achieved LEED Gold certification and 100% energy independence without sacrificing resident amenities, which include a community room, outdoor courtyards, and covered parking.