One of Time Magazine‘s ‘Top 25 Inventions of 2015,’ the 95,000 SF, 102-Unit Star Apartments represents a radical new paradigm for how design thinking and prefabrication techniques can transform multifamily development and how it can positively impact our cities.

The mixed-use development, for which Wil Carson was the Senior Designer and Hiroshi Tokumaru the Senior Technical Coordinator at MMA, transforms an existing one-story commercial building at the periphery of the downtown core into permanent supportive housing, with retail, offices, and community health spaces at street level. The project, designed to LEED Platinum standards, utilizes an innovative prefabrication technique to construct individual units offsite and crane them into place, shortening construction duration, lowering costs, providing higher quality, and helping to accomplish the project’s sustainability goals, and is the first prefabricated multifamily building constructed in Los Angeles in more than 30 years.

“Built by stacking pre-outfitted apartments in Lego-like fashion, limiting construction costs and fast-forwarding the project timeline. It is the first such building in the nation to be constructed this way…
When people look at this building, what they see is a vision of the future.”



Senior Project Designer & Senior Technical Coordinator, MMA


Iwan Baan