Inhabitat takes us on a tour of the recently completed Upward Bound House Family Shelter, an 18-unit, eco-friendly complex for homeless families. Converted from a rundown motel by LA-based architecture firm Vanos Architects, the new complex features low flow toilets, energy efficient windows, tankless water heaters, and recycled 80% of construction debris. With the pro-bono help of multiple LA interior designers, the spaces have been transformed into brightly colored, well-designed spaces. The slideshow is definitely worth a look. Families are expected to move in for three-month stays until they can transition to more permanent housing. But the families will keep their linens, so designers are still accepting donations of bedding and towels.
· Upward Bound: LA Designers Create Happy Spaces for Homeless Families [Inhabitat]