School architecture gets its own category in this town, and here's one of the latest projects: Local architecture firm TFO is designing the new Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School in Boyle Heights, a project that includes a new 3,600-square foot neighborhood boxing facility. The three-story school will be located at 1114 S. Lorena Street, the former site of Oscar De La Hoya's Resurrection Gym?, the gym where the East LA native trained when he was just a wee boxer. Resurrection was located in a church that was torn down for this project (the church is pictured in the gallery), according to TFO principal Steve Fierce.
Additionally, the Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School, currently located downtown, had previously been housed on this site (students were housed in trailers). At just .8 acres, this lot is a tight urban space, according to Fierce. "Your typical high school usually requires a lot more land," he says, noting the school has details like a rooftop open space. "This is an efficient use of the site." Small space and schools: This sounds similar to the Daly Genik-designed Silver Lake Camino Nuevo High School, another charter school. Meanwhile, the Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School should be finished next year in time for the fall 2009 school season. Also, earlier this year Oscar De La Hoya donated $3.5 million to fund the Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School, as well as other Green Dot schools (Green Dot is the organization that operates the charter school program).
· TFO [Official Site]