Lou Huang

user interface engineering · civic technology · urban design

  • Bird's Eye Site View
    Bird's Eye Site View
  • Residential Entry Courtyard
    Residential Entry Courtyard
  • Community Center Option 1
    Community Center Option 1
  • Community Center Option 2
    Community Center Option 2
  • Residential Common Area
    Residential Common Area

Scotchhollow Apartments

location
San Mateo, CA
client
AIMCO
role
Community master planning and 3D modelling
team
Van Meter Williams Pollack
year
2011

Scotchhollow is an existing 418-unit family apartment community built in the early 1970s, where the owner is seeking to upgrade the development to more modern standards of living to attract a changing demographic on the San Francisco peninsula.

Our proposed improvements looked at replacing the existing community center with a larger one that accomodates more amenities, creating more direct paths through the landscape, adding programmatic elements to unactivated lawn areas, orienting the front door of ground floor units towards common areas rather than interior corridors, improving lighting throughout the site, upgrading the look of carports, and adding access points between the community and the park next door.