A new look on Temple Street

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN — Many new large apartment buildings are often derided as “stucco boxes.” Well, you can’t say that about Cactus, one of the new apartment buildings that been built along Temple Street.

Tenants have begun to move into the four-story, 47-unit apartment complex that stretches across the entire block between Coronado and Carondelet streets. Designed by Patrick Tighe Architecture of Venice, Cactus featured angled roof lines and corners cut away at the diagonal. The complex is shaped like a giant U that forms a courtyard. The exterior is covered in cement-board rectangles and narrow slits of windows. At the center is a wedged shaped building covered in purple metal, glass and gray concrete.

Many of these design features, however, are missing on the back, or south side of the building, where it most resembles the unloved stucco box, looming over smaller homes and apartments.

The $7 million project was built by Silver Lake developer 4Site Real Estate, which has built other apartments on Temple as well as on  Beverly Boulevard. Rents for one-bedroom units begin at $1,900 while bedrooms rent for $2,800 and up, according to the Cactus website.

Cactus is part of a new wave of residential construction along Temple Street, west of Downtown. About 500 apartments have recently been built or are in the works on or just off Temple in Echo Park and Historic Filipinotown.

The south side of Cactus looms over smaller homes and apartments

A small amount of commercial space is included in the ground floor.

A wedge-shaped building on Temple serves as the lobby of the apartment complex.

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