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Skyline Residence in Los Angeles, Ca by Belzberg Architects

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Article source: Belzberg Architects

Perched atop a ridgeline in the Hollywood Hills, the presence of the Skyline Residence represents an honest approach to creating an environmentally sensitive building without sacrificing beauty nor budget.  The pre-existing site presented a challenge in terms of constructability, the client presented the challenge of limited allowable expenses, and the architect was resilient to marginalize beauty and originality.  The requirements of an architecture to satisfy each of these constraints are found in that which is constant and continuous at a given site.

Image Courtesy © Benny Chan of Fotoworks

  • Architects: Belzberg Architects
  • Project: Skyline Residence
  • Location: Los Angeles, Ca,U.S.A
  • Photography: Benny Chan of Fotoworks
  • Year: 2007
  • Status: Built
  • Project Type: Residential
  • Construction Type: New
  • Size: 5,800 ft2
  • Client(s): Skyline, LLC
  • Principal: Hagy Belzberg
  • Design Team: Erik Sollom, Manish Desai
  • Construction Manager: Bill Bowen
  • Project Team: Barry Gartin, Brock DeSmit, Carina Bien-WIllner, Dan Rentsch, David Cheung, Eric Stimmel, Erin McCook, Ryan Thomas.
  • Structural Engineer: Dan Echeto
  • Landscape Architects: Nicholas Budd Dutton Architects
  • General Contractor: Belzberg Architects
  • Furniture: Elizabeth Paige Smith
  • Special Fabrication: Spectrum Oak

Pinterest in San Francisco, CA by Schwartz and Architecture

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Article source:  Schwartz and Architecture

SaA’s work as executive architect for this 45,000 sq ft tenant improvement corresponded with Pinterest’s rapid expansion, including the continued evolution of the company’s ethos and character. In many ways, the building was seen by the client as a blank architectural canvas to be curated by the employees, much as their web presence supports the gathering and organization of images into a virtual pin board. Through a series of Make-A-Thons, the Pinterest folks moved in and hacked the space, immediately making it their own.

Image Courtesy © Eddy Joaquim, Pinterest’s South of Market headquarters with new signage by Pinterest. The move back into the heart of the city has been embraced by San Francisco, with Pinterest part of a broader trend for many tech companies. The adaptive reuse of an older building fits with the DIY, collector spirit of the company.

  • Architects: Schwartz and Architecture (Neal Schwartz, Lourdes Garcia (Project Manager) )
  • Project: Pinterest
  • Location: San Francisco, CA, U.S.A
  • Photography: Eddy Joaquim
  • Project Designer: All of the Above / First Office: Janette Kim / Anna Neimark & Andrew Atwood
  • Project Manager: Gina Caruso, Relocation Connections, Inc
  • Pinterest Team: Pinterest
  • Contractor: NOVO Construction
  • Structural Engineer: Yu Structural Engineers
  • Furniture Consultant: One Workplace
  • Lighting Design: Jody Pritchard, Pritchard Peck Lighting
  • Year: 2013

Mandeville Canyon Residence in Los Angeles, CA by Griffin Enright Architects

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Article source: Griffin Enright Architects

The site for this project is located on a cul-de-sac which creates a tapered lot manifesting in a fairly small curved front yard lot line, while the rear yard of the site opens to the canyon and city views. Two distinct conditions emerged from the design; from the rear yard the house is seen as part of a series of horizontal volumes which merge with the terrain of the landscape, while the front yard presence of the house is distinctly more urban, vertical, and formal. This dichotomy between the front and back zones of the property is emphasized by the articulation of two vertical walls that are folded into roof surfaces to create a backdrop anchoring the horizontal terrain.

Image Courtesy © Griffin Enright Architects

Brown & Kaufman Remodel in Palo Alto, CA by Klopf Architecture

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Article source: Klopf Architecture

The goal was to modernize and brighten a dark, closed-in, chopped-up 1960’s Brown and Kauphman home. The solution, create space, light and flow by taking away internal walls that were barriers to light and adding windows.

Image Courtesy © Mariko Reed

  • Architects: Klopf Architecture
  • Project: Brown & Kaufman Remodel
  • Location: Palo Alto, CA, U.S.A
  • Photography: Mariko Reed
  • Project Team: John Klopf, AIA, Jackie Detamore, AIA, Angela Todorova
  • Contractor: Kevin Slagle Design Build

Banana Republic in Beverly Hills, CA by Avila Design

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Article source: Avila Design

Avila Design received the City of Beverly Hills Architectural Design Award for the renovation of this previously vacant 1920’s Spanish Revival building located one block from Rodeo Drive. The original storefront was completely renovated and included custom designed wood windows with volcanic stone trim, a decorative iron entrance gate and balcony railings.

Image Courtesy © Avila Design

  • Architects: Avila Design
  • Project: Banana Republic
  • Location: Beverly Hills, CA

Rest Area in Shandon, CA by Metal Sales

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Article source: Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation

Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation provides 9,400 square feet of sleek roof and wall panels for the new Shandon Rest Area in Shandon, CA.

The Shandon Rest Area is located between the Central Coast and the San Joaquin Valley on Highway 46. Originally built in the 1970s, Shandon’s facilities had become outdated and costly to maintain – no longer meeting the needs of its 1.5 million annual visitors. To address these needs and to update the disabled access of the decades-old facility, officials announced the rest area would be rebuilt from the ground up.

Image Courtesy © Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation

  • Architects: Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation
  • Project: Rest Area
  • Location: Shandon, CA, U.S.A

Tolleson Corporate Office in San Francisco, CA by Huntsman Architectural Group

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Article source: Huntsman Architectural Group

For Tolleson, a nationally recognized branding and creative agency, relocation to 560 Pacific in San Francisco’s Barbary Coast represents the third iteration and evolution of its studio space in partnership with Huntsman Architectural Group and Design Workshops.  Formerly the home and showroom for the Amtico flooring company, this two-story masonry and timber warehouse embodies many of the rustic characteristics found in Tolleson’s earlier offices, .such as exposed brick walls and wood trusses, wood floors, and skylights.

Image Courtesy © David Wakely

  • Architects: Huntsman Architectural Group
  • Project: Tolleson Corporate Office
  • Location: San Francisco, CA, U.S.A
  • Photography: David Wakely
  • Client: Tolleson
  • Scope:  Office Planning and Design
  • Completion Date: January 2012
  • Size: 11,000 square feet
  • Gross square footage: 11,000 square feet
  • Total construction cost: Undisclosed
  • Owner: Steve Tolleson, Tolleson Design
  • General contractor: Birmingham Development (developer/design-build contractor)

Kearsarge Residence in Los Angeles, CA by Kurt Krueger Architect

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Article source: Kurt Krueger Architect

The Kearsarge Residence is a major renovation of the 1968 M.G. Residence by the Romanian-American mid-century modernist architect Haralamb H. Georgescu.

Located on a flag lot in Brentwood, California, the site for the Kearsarge Residence has a unique character as a forest within the city.  The challenges of working on a historic architectural home is one filled with a unique set of choices. These choices arise from questioning what makes the house important as well as what elements deserve to be preserved and what can be changed to make the house comfortable and livable for years to come.

Image Courtesy © Unlimited Style Photography

  • Architects: Kurt Krueger Architect
  • Project: Kearsarge Residence
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A
  • Photography: Unlimited Style Photography
  • Year Completed: 2012
  • General Contractor: Rhino Construction Group, Inc.

Workshop Kitchen & Bar in Palm Springs, CA by SOMA Architects

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Article source: SOMA Architects

The client requested a fresh new architectural identity to correspond with his opening of the Workshop Kitchen & Bar restaurant in Palm Springs, CA. The given site, the Historic El Paseo building, immediately constrained the possibilities of the design, which we exploited to our advantage.

Image Courtesy © SOMA

  • Architects: SOMA Architects
  • Project: Workshop Kitchen & Bar
  • Location: Palm Springs, CA
  • Client: Michael Beckman
  • Date of Completion: October, 2012
  • Gross Floor Area: 3,500 FT2
  • Building Type: Restaurant Renovation
  • Main Materials: Concrete, Black Steel
  • Setting: Urban, Historic Zone
  • Principal: Michel Abboud
  • Key Staff: Leopoldo Sguera, Kamil Czarneski, Steven Townsend, Derek Binsted

Veladora in Rancho Santa Fe, CA by Mr. Important Design

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Article source: Mr. Important Design

Mister Important Design is an interior design firm that brings an ebullient perspective to interiors. Specializing in hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, bars and lounges, Mister Important Design works closely with clients to achieve interiors that exceed expectations. Exuberant interors that are designed to be remembered and talked about.

Image Courtesy © Jeff Dow

  • Architects: Mr. Important Design
  • Project: Veladora
  • Location: Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  • Photography: Jeff Dow
  • Client/Owner: Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
  • Size (sq m) : 3000 square feet
  • Completion Date: Fall 2012
  • Design Team: Charles Doell, Principal and Miriam Marchevsky, Project Team
  • Main Contractor: Lusardi Construction
  • Software used: Autocad and Vectorworks
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