Winner of both the AIA Honor Award and the AIA National Housing Award in 2008, 26th Street Affordable Housing is the product of an exhaustive community outreach mission. In addition to input from the city of Santa Monica and the community at large, the final design takes into account the region’s mild climate, historical precedents of Southern California Modernist architecture, and the human scale of residents and pedestrians. The design of the 44-unit apartment building incorporates dual-glazed and laminated windows along both street-facing sides to eliminate street noise. Drywells were dug beneath the project to collect and disperse stormwater runoff and minimize the project’s impact on the city’s storm sewer system. The project’s 81 subterranean parking spaces—accessed from an alley to minimize traffic issues—exceed the minimum required. Living spaces at 26th Street are organized in a linear fashion to facilitate cross-ventilation, a passive natural cooling technique that eliminates the need for energy-intensive rooftop air conditioning and mechanical equipment.