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Skid Row Housing Trust Management Offices in Los Angeles, California by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects LOHA

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Article source: Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

As part of an on-going collaboration with Skid Row Housing Trust (SRHT), a non-profit organization that provides permanent supportive housing for the homeless population of Los Angeles, LOHA was asked to design a 4,100 sf Tenant Improvement to house their management offices including training and event headquarters. Taking advantage of the heaviness of the existing ‘forest of columns’ present in the space, LOHA deployed a series of trees that concealed the existing structure while providing the framework for a custom lighting installation. The space serves as an urban oasis within the otherwise chaotic nature of its surroundings within the Skid Row district of Los Angeles both for the patrons served and the managing staff.

Image Courtesy Lawrence Anderson

Hillside Residence in Kentfield, California by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Article source: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

The house is sited to engage the undulating hillside and capture the spectacular views of Mount Tamalpais and the San Francisco Bay. A curved retaining wall follows the contours of the hillside and anchors the house to the steep site. The house is tucked under the living roof, which visually merges the house with the land. Growing out of the hillside, the roof is carved away to form a protected courtyard for the pool.

Image Courtesy David Wakely

  • Architects: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects
  • Project: Hillside Residence
  • Location: Kentfield, California
  • Size: 5,900 Sq. Ft.
  • Completion Date: 2010
  • Design Team: Mary Griffin, Eric Haesloop, Jule Tsai, Evan Markiewicz, John Kleman, Jerome Christensen, Mayumi Hara, Juliet Hsu, Tory Wolcott

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Sycamore House in Los Angeles, California by Aaron Neubert Architects

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Article source: Aaron Neubert Architects

The design direction for an 800 sf master suite addition was determined by the peninsular shape of the property and the desire to respect the 1950’s post & beam house. The addition’s orientation emerged as the negotiation between the existing house, the sloping site, and a beloved sycamore tree.

Image Courtesy Brian Thomas Jones

  • Architects: ANX / Aaron Neubert Architects
  • Project: Sycamore House
  • Location:  Los Angeles, Californiao
  • Project Team: Aaron Neubert, Mike Jacobs (Principals), Jeremy Fletch
  • Structural Engineer: Project Engineering Gro
  • General Contractor: Joe Mulleni
  • Photography: Brian Thomas Jones

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Small Hospital Big Idea Competition in Los Angeles, California by Htdstudio Designoffice

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Article source: Htdstudio Designoffice

This is a 30 Acre parcel of a sub-rural 327acre site in Southern California with a close proximity to Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zones to the west and south (<10 miles)
Targeted SB 1953 Compliance for 2030

This new facility will surpass 2013 deadlines and meet the January, 2030 SB 1953 Senate Bill target for all California Acute-Care Facilities to comply with both Structural (SPC) and Non-Structural Performance (NPC) Category requirements. Excerpt from the 1975 Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning Act 2621.5. Purpose statement

Model

  • Architects: Htdstudio Designoffice
  • Project: Small Hospital Big Idea Competition
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Client: Kaiser-Permanente
  • Total Floor Area: 125,000 sq ft / 11,612.5 m2
  • Budget: Withheld
  • Case Study Site: Lancaster, California
  • Software used: Google Sketchup 6 / kerkythea rendering engine 3.16 / Photoshop CS5  / Illustrator CS5

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Downtown LA Hotel in Los Angeles, California by XTEN Architecture

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Article source: XTEN Architecture

This new 65,000sf hotel is conceived as a monolithic concrete structure, carved by a system of slots and slices that bring light, air and views deep into the building.

The site is an infill parcel in downtown Los Angeles which measures just 50×150 feet. The hotel is freestanding, surrounded on all sides by alleys and streets. This allows for slots to be cut into the façade, which contrast with and dematerialize the otherwise monolithic quality of the building.

Image Courtesy XTEN Architecture

  • Architects: XTEN Architecture
  • Project: Downtown LA Hotel
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Principals: Monika Haefelfinger, SIA & Austin Kelly, AIA
  • Project Team: Scott Utterstrom, Qichen Cao, Matthew Rosenberg, Dayuan Fu, Katie Green, Michael Hasey, Xian Chi
  • Project Area: 65,000sf
  • Renderings: Courtesy of XTEN Architecture
  • Software used: Rhino and Autocad

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NASA Sustainability Base in Moffett Field, California by William McDonough + Partners

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Article source: William McDonough + Partners

Sustainability Base, NASA’s new facility at the entrance to Ames Research Center, is designed to showcase NASA’s culture of innovation. The client charged the team with delivering a facility that embodies NASA’s spirit, fosters collaboration, supports health and well-being, and goes beyond LEED® Platinum in its pursuit of Cradle to Cradle® solutions.

Aerial view of Ames

  • Architects: William McDonough + Partners
  • Project: NASA Sustainability Base
  • Location: Moffett Field, California
  • Client: NASA Ames Research Center
  • Program: Office Building
  • Area: 50,000 square feet
  • Status: Completed December 2011

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Reactor Films in Santa Monica, California by Brooks + Scarpa Architects

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Article source: Brooks + Scarpa Architects

To remodel an existing 7,000 sq.ft. 1930’s Art deco Masonry Building Art Gallery into office and work space for production of TV commercials and music videos.

Solution: Reactor presented the unique challenge of satisfying the client’s requirement to move into a completed space in less than fourteen weeks from the beginning of the design process.   In order to meet this demand, a systematic working strategy was developed to capitalize on these extreme constraints while cultivating an inventive and dynamic working atmosphere in which client, contractor and architect collaborated with an unprecedented synergism.

Image Courtesy Marvin Rand

  • Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects (formerly Pugh + Scarpa)
  • Project: Reactor Films
  • Location: 1330 4th Street, Santa Monica, California
  • Client:  Stoney Road Productions and Reactor Films
  • Total Square Footage:  7000 sq. ft.
  • Costs:  $350,000.00 ($50.00/sq. ft.) includes building shell upgrades
  • Consultants:  Gwynne Pugh – Structural Engineering; Dave Scott – Steel and Furniture Fabrication; Richard Godfrey – Light Trough

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Wilmington Waterfront Park in Los Angeles, California by Sasaki Associates, Inc.

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Article source: Sasaki Associates, Inc.

Once a part of the Pacific coastline, the Wilmington community became disconnected from the waterfront by the Port of Los Angeles—a burgeoning, diverse mix of industrial maritime facilities. After completing the Wilmington Waterfront Master Plan, Sasaki identified three open spaces for implementation: the Wilmington Waterfront Park, the Avalon North Streetscape, and the Avalon South Waterfront Park. The Wilmington Waterfront Park is the first project to be fully implemented. Built on a 30-acre brownfield site, the new urban park revitalizes the community and visually reconnects it to the waterfront.  The park integrates a variety of active and passive uses—informal play, public gathering, community events, picnicking, sitting, strolling, and observation—determined through an extensive community outreach process. The open space serves as a public amenity by doubling the current community open space while also buffering the Wilmington community from the extensive Port operations to the south.

© Craig Kuhner Photography

  • Architect: Sasaki Associates, Inc.
  • Name of Project: Wilmington Waterfront Park
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Client name: Port of Los Angeles
  • Completion date: 2011
  • Size: 30 acre
  • Photographer: ©Port of Los Angeles, ©Craig Kuhner Photography, ©Sasaki Associates, Inc.
  • Services: Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering and Architecture
  • Project Team: Steve Hamwey, Nancy Fleming, Owen Lang, Tim Stevens, Vitas Viskanta, Melissa McCann, Caleb Bruner, Mark Eischeid, Raphael Justewicz, Joon Yon Kim, Chang Keun Lee, Conard Lindgren, Meghen Quinn, Simon Raine, NitzaThien, Grace Leung, TomerMaymon, Scott Odom, Angel Cantu, Zach Chrisco, Chuck Coronis, Michelle Gauvin, Oswaldo Palencia, Jose Miranda

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Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan in California by UNStudio + EE&K

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Article source: UNStudio + EE&K

UNStudio and EE&K a Perkins Eastman company, and Jacobs Engineering have submitted a proposal for a scope of work to develop a Master Plan of Los Angeles Union Station.

Ben van Berkel of UNStudio, along with Jonathan Cohn of EE&K, presented their ‘Vision Board’ –  a conceptual rendering in the year 2050, showing Los Angeles Union Station as a multi-modal transit hub with a mix of uses, new development and outdoor spaces. The intent of the Vision Board was to explore visionary possibilities for Union Station and surrounding areas. The vision submitted does not portray the final design issues that will be examined in the Master Plan, however it does show a hint of the possibilities for the city and the regional transit hub of the future.

Aerial View

  • Architect: UNStudio + EE&K
  • Name of Project: Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan
  • Location: 800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, California
  • Client: Metro
  • Building surface: n/a
  • Building volume: n/a
  • Building site: 40 hectares

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HYDRAMAX: Port Machines in San Francisco, California by Future Cities Lab

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Article source: Future Cities Lab

Exhibited at SFMOMA from 31 March to 29 July, 2012

Future Cities Lab’s HYDRAMAX Port Machines project proposes a radical rethinking of San Francisco’s urban waterfront post sea-level rise. The proposal renders the existing hard edges of the waterfront as new “soft systems” that would include aquatic parks, community gardens, wildlife refuges and aquaponic farms. A synthetic architecture is introduced that blurs the distinction between building, landscape, infrastructure and machine. Using thousands of sensors and motorized components, the massive urban scale robotic structure harvests rainwater and fog, while modulating air flow, solar exposure and intelligent building systems.

HYDRAMAX: Port Machines

  • Architect: Future Cities Lab
  • Name of project: HYDRAMAX: Port Machines
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Design: Jason Kelly Johnson & Nataly Gattegno
  • Project Manager: Ripon DeLeon; Project Interns: Gavin Johns, Cameron Eng
  • Collaborative Sponsor: MIGA Motor Company (Dr. Mark Gummin)
  • Video: Eddie Lee, Square Two Design
  • Model Materials: Cast and thermoformed acrylic, custom printed circuit boards, Arduino based microcontrollers, infrared sensors, shape memory alloy motors (Courtesy of Miga Motor Company)

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