The Sierra Bonita apartment block was constructed in West Hollywood, California, in the United States.
It was designed to work as an eco-friendly building, but at the same time provide affordable housing for people on low incomes and living with disabilities.
The five storey mixed-use apartment block features solar power, eco-heating and an internal bamboo forest contained within an outdoor courtyard. This bamboo forest provides a cooling microclimate and a garden for residents with access to the units.
The design of the project is modern and features a stylised lattice facade found in the boxy exterior of the building. Sierra Bonita heats its water with solar power and cools it down with the inner bamboo forest.1