Meeting the challenges of a difficult hillside site in Los Angeles’ Chinatown District, this 60-unit, eight-story project provides the region with high quality affordable housing. The 4,000 sf rooftop recreation area includes gardening plots, a tot lot and passive areas for residents to enjoy. Built to LEED Platinum standards by Affirmed Housing, solar-powered water heating has been integrated with high-efficiency boilers. Located within walking distance of light rail, this transit-oriented development also features a semi-automated mechanical “car matrix” which is integrated into the underground garage to drastically reduce the space required for parking. Lotus Garden is a recent Gold Nugget Award of Merit recipient from PCBC.