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West Dublin BART Apartments and Crescent Village in San Jose,California by MVE & Partners

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Article source: MVE & Partners

While national property markets still struggle to recover, the slowdown in home-buying is bolstering demand for apartments—and creating more work for Irvine-based MVE & Partners, one of the nation’s premier residential and mixed-use architecture firms.

“Domestic real estate remains iffy, but there are pockets of recovery, including multi-family,” said Carl McLarand, AIA, chairman of MVE & Partners.  “Of course, we have been designing apartments and community developments for nearly 40 years, so this is playing to one of our strengths.”

Images courtesy MVE & Partners

  • Architects: MVE & Partners
  • Project: West Dublin BART Apartments and Crescent Village
  • Location: Dublin, San Jose, California (more…)

Cut + Fold: Gillis Library + Study in Berkeley, California by VeeV Design

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Article source: VeeV Design

An existing study/bedroom of a 1950’s modern house is transformed into a private working library for two. Conceptually, two distinct surfaces run along or perpendicular to the two opposing wall while creating spatial volume by multiple cuts and folds. These cuts and folds increase possible practical space through their operations, creating visual hierarchy and continuity. Color is used to give clues to the surface folding assembly, to trace the method of fabrication, and to project possible surface operation.

View of bookshelf

  • Architect: VeeV Design
  • Name of Project: Cut + Fold:  Gillis Library + Study
  • Location: Berkeley, California
  • Design team: Raveevarn Choksombatchai (principal), Emily Gosack (assistant designer)
  • Awards: AIA Design Honor Award in Interior Architecture, SF Chapter, 2007
  • Exhibits: 2006-2007 AIASF Design Awards Exhibition, AIA, San Francisco 05.07-06.01 2007

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Sunset Triangle Plaza – Streets for People in Los Angeles, California by Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Article source: Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Streets for People Debuts First Community Plaza Site in Silver Lake

Rios Clementi Hale Studios Transforms Under-Used Space Into Vibrant Public Plaza

The new Sunset Triangle Plaza is set to open under the auspices of Streets for People (S4P), an initiative of the City of Los Angeles Planning Commission and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.  Noted design firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios contributed its time and talents to transform an underutilized public right of way into a safe, pleasant, and vibrant public space for pedestrians and cyclists alike.  Located at Griffith Park and Sunset Boulevards in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, Sunset Triangle Plaza opens on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at 11AM, for a community celebration.

Rendering of Streets for People (Image courtesy Rios Clementi Hale Studios)

  • Architect: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
  • Name of Project: Sunset Triangle Plaza – Streets for People
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Images courtesy: Rios Clementi Hale Studios

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Field Rupture in Berkeley, California by VeeV Design

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Article source: VeeV Design

Situated in one of the ranges of the Berkeley Hills, this project is located in a 1950s modern house, designed to embrace a spectacular view on one side while wrapping around an inner courtyard garden pushed against an upper stone retaining wall. This interior courtyard is the subject of design consideration for an installation driven by the desire to define the garden space with a visual destination from the interior rooms.

Image Courtesy Reid Yalom

  • Architects: VeeV Design
  • Project: Field Rupture
  • Location: Berkeley, California
  • Design Team: Raveevarn Choksombatchai (principal), Robbie Crabtree, Jeremy Steiner
  • Photography: Reid Yalom, VeeV Design

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UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Oncology Center in Santa Monica, California by Michael W. Folonis Architects

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Article source: Michael W. Folonis Architects

Sustainable Modernism Heals, Wins AIA Healthcare Design Award

Michael W. Folonis Architects Designs LEED Gold Cancer Clinic

Michael W. Folonis Architects (MWFA) has won a 2011 National Healthcare Design Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH), in the Unbuilt category, for the design of the UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Oncology Center in Santa Monica, CA.

With the UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Oncology Center—opening in Fall 2011—MWFA created a 50,000-square-foot hybrid facility to house community outpatient surgery and oncology treatment, as well as academic and medical office facilities for UCLA medical students and faculty. The new building, developed by Randall Miller, PE, of Nautilus Group, is slated for LEED Gold certification.

South West Exterior View

  • Architect: Michael W. Folonis Architects
  • Name of Project: UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Oncology Center
  • Location: Santa Monica, California
  • Architect of Record: Nautilus Group
  • Client: Sixteenth Street Medical Center
  • User: UCLA Health System

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380 Bretano way in Greenbrae, California by PIQUE llc

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Article source: PIQUE llc

380 BRETANO WAY GREENBRAE, CA

Family back yard development and global headquarters for Riedel Research Group.

SITE SPECIFICITY

These two lots on Bretano way are steeply sloped and have a north-western orientation. The contours form a concaved amphitheater-like shape focusing on the existing pool and the house’s back patio. The area is dense with foliage but there are pockets of clear space that create sheltered little moments as you walk upon them. Both large public areas and these isolated spaces exist and the differences in scale offer a variety of experiences. There is an overall sense of protection and inward focus while on the site. The downward momentum of the land combined with the expansive canopies of the oak trees makes the space feel immediate, protected and calm. This is a wonderful contrast to the other very dynamic systems that are presented in this booklet and this contrast may be fruitful as we begin to establish common design intent.

Rendering

  • Architect: PIQUE llc
  • Name of Project: 380 Bretano way
  • Location: Greenbrae, California

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Police Substation at Miramar College in San Diego, California by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Article source: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

McCarthy-Built Miramar College Police Substation Receives USGBC LEED Platinum Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded LEED® Platinum Certification of the new 5,108-square-foot police substation at San Diego Miramar College, located at 10440 Black Mountain Road in the Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch area of San Diego.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (www.mccarthy.com), one of the nation’s leading education and parking builders, constructedthe new police substation, together with the adjacent 270,000-square-foot, 828-space parking structure.Construction of the combined $17.9 million project was completed in late November on behalf of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD). It is the first higher education facility in San Diego County to achieve LEED Platinum Certification, the highest rating possible.

Working collaboratively with the District and the Campus Police Department was paramount to achieving this goal, stated McCarthy Project Director Bob Betz.

Police Substation at Miramar College

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A’maree’s in Newport Beach, California by Paul Davis Architects

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Article source: Paul Davis Architects

The Paul Davis Architects-led transformation of an iconic, modernist waterfront structure in Newport Beach, CA, has wowed high-fashion shoppers and won a 2011 Preservation Design Award for Rehabilitation from the California Preservation Foundation (CPF).

“A’maree’s was brought back in marvelous style,” noted the CPF Preservation Design Awards jury.  “This is a beautiful building that uplifts the spirit.”

Image Courtesy John Ellis

  • Architects: Paul Davis Architects
  • Project: A’maree’s
  • Location: Newport Beach, California
  • Original Architects: Ladd & Kelsey
  • General Contractor: Summit General Contractors
  • Lighting: Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Architectural Lighting
  • MEP Engineer: RPM Engineers, Inc.
  • Structural Engineer: Structics, Inc.
  • Photography: John Ellis

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The California Endowment in California by Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Article source: Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Program: Founded in 1996, The California Endowment is a private statewide foundation that advocates quality health care for all Californians.  Its new downtown Los Angeles multipurpose facility replaces its former, suburban Woodland Hills headquarters.  The new facility features the Center for Healthy Communities, a conference and resource center intended to be an innovative venue for mobilizing community and civic leaders, health providers, advocates, and policymakers in the search for solutions to California’s critical health and health care issues.   The new facility also houses The Endowment’s administrative headquarters and its Los Angeles regional program office.

Images Courtesy Tom Bonner

  • Architect: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
  • Name of Project: The California Endowment
  • Location: California, USA
  • Photos: Tom Bonner, Florian Holzherr and Lisa Romerein
  • Executive Architect: House and Robertson Architects
  • Landscape Architect: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
  • Interiors: DMJM/Rottet
  • Environmental Graphics: Sussman/Prejza & Company
  • General Contractor: Matt Construction

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Pasadena Bike Transit Center in Los Angeles, California by Peter Tolkin Architecture

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Article source: Peter Tolkin Architecture

Amidst the ever increasing density of the Los Angeles region, the Pasadena Bike Transit Center signals the emerging viability of alternative modes of transportation. Commissioned by the City of Pasadena through a grant by Caltrans, the Pasadena Bike Transit Center will be a prototype for future locations along the MTA Gold Line. Serving the needs of bicycle commuters, the project lies in an alleyway directly across from the Memorial Station platform in Old Town Pasadena and is intended to complement the growing network of commuter trains and bicycle routes throughout the Los Angeles region.

Module

  • Architects: Peter Tolkin Architecture
  • Project: Pasadena Bike Transit Center
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Approximately: 1,425 sq. ft. (pictured configuration)
  • Client: City of Pasadena
  • Architect Team: Peter Tolkin, Design Principal; Maria Iwanicki, Project Architect; Nuri Miller, Christopher Girt, Jeremy Schacht, Ted Rubenstein
  • Structural Engineer: Gilsanz Murray Steficek, Inc.
  • Awards: AIA Honor Award, Los Angeles Business Council Award for Design Excellence

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