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Market Line Jason Bernal, JD Meyers, and Reed Strawn

Los Angeles is home to one of the largest collections of freelancers and independent workers in the country. Its network runs deep into the city’s fabric, with its nucleus in the Arts District and anchored by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Scars of former rail lines lie dormant throughout this neighborhood. The addition of an exterior network of creative growth along these lines symbolizes the evolution of industry throughout L.A.

This freelance spirit cultivates a lifestyle of independence, autonomy, and self-sufficiency. To stimulate a sense of adaptive growth, Market Line develops a concept of Self-Sufficiency in Program and Systems— creating spaces and program within the facility that not only serves its users but also itself and the district at-large. Market Line introduces a porous density of program and space using central courtyards that generate a performative cycle.

Courtyards and vertical gardens grow fresh fruits and vegetables that supply an in-house market and restaurant at the street level. Co-working studios are used by the inhabitants to hone their craft and sell their products at the Arts Line Market. It provides income for the users, activates the Arts District street life, and connects back to the larger network of similar creative markets along the rail lines. The market also feeds the inhabitants by providing organic produce and the inhabitants supply the courtyards with a source of organic waste as fuel for growth.

Market Line supplies inhabitants with a series of 1, 2, and 4-person sleeping units with access to shared living amenities, complemented by 1 and 2-bedroom private family units with access to private facilities. All units are arranged to encourage social living.

Market Line takes advantage of L.A.’s climate using passive strategies including power harvesting, water collection, and temperature controls. Passive cooling is achieved through the courtyards’ porosity, and passive heating through the thermal mass of existing conditions. Photovoltaic panels capture the dominant Southern California sunlight to power the inhabitants’ daily life, while a rainwater cistern supplies the fixtures and gardens with water. Indoor environmental quality is improved by utilizing vertical gardens to purify the air that circulates through the building.

By recalling and activating one of the former L.A. rail lines with a fresh program, Market Line becomes a catalyst for a web of creators, artists, and freelancers spanning the L.A. Arts District. The compounding effect is a larger cycle of self-sufficiency, and fostering creative, economic, and social growth.