With thousands of residential units flooding into the massive Playa Vista campus, it appears that the lucrative multi-family action has started flowing south towards LAX.  Courtesy of TCA Architects, take a first look at Altitude, a low-rise residential development now under construction at Westchester's Howard Hughes Center.  Consisting of two six-story buildings at 5900 and 6040 Center Drive, the project from Equity Residential will offer a combined total of 545 studio, one and two-bedroom apartment units.

The architecture of the residential development is described as a "contemporary interpretation of art deco," and is designed to reflect the aeronautical history of the Howard Hughes Center's namesake.  Sweeping roof lines and canopies mimic the look of airplane wings, while glass towers at important corners emanate a campus-like presence.

Altitude will offer a standard battery of residential amenities, including workout facilities, business centers, entertainment rooms, and communal courtyard and lounge space.  In addition, the buildings will be located in close proximity to a slew of employers, restaurants and stores.  A variety of nearby office buildings host blue chip corporations such as Sony and Univision, while the outdoor Promenade at Howard Hughes Center provides a wide variety of shopping and entertainment options.

Equity Residential's low-rise project - scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2016 - will eat up two of the last remaining development sites within Howard Hughes Center's seventy-acre campus  Earlier plans for the mixed-use complex, designed by Gensler, called for additional office and residential structures on currently vacant land near the 405 freeway.  One building in particular, a high-rise tower slated for a parcel at 6055 Center Drive, engendered significant opposition from neighbors in the Westchester Bluffs.