Posts Tagged ‘California’
Friday, March 23rd, 2012
Article source: AB Design Studio Inc.
AB design studio creating a high-design | high-tech space for a new pediatric dental office in Southern California, named simply as “Sugarbug.” Our client wanted a fun, explorative, out-of-the box designed interior to provide services to his dental clients. The design of the interior was mainly directed by focusing on the experience of the child patient. Also important in the process of designing this interior was a focus placed on branding. Like many of our commercial tenant improvement projects, this project focuses on enabling the architecture of the space to contribute directly to the Sugarbug brand that the client is creating. The finished product will blend together all the aspects of the business of running a contemporary dental office through a well thought out and comprehensively designed architectural, functional, informational and graphical experience.
Image Courtesy Ciro Coelho
- Architects: AB Design Studio Inc.
- Project: Sugarbug Dental Office
- Location: Oxnard, California
- Photography: Ciro Coelho
- Software used: AutoCAD and SketchUp
Friday, March 23rd, 2012
Article source: Abramson Teiger Architects
Sustainable design is at the heart of this house without being overtly expressed in the external aesthetic. The house is designed with photovoltaic cells hidden on the roof, grey water reclamation, artificial lawn, and rainscreen facades to help thermal stability, as well as flash hot water heating, bamboo floors and ponds of water to promote evaporative cooling in front of large expanses of glass. The residence is articulated as “boxes ” each finished in white plaster, and raised on steel pilotis.
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
Article source: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
As the most visible building on the campus perimeter, the studio building mediates between the public view and private use of the campus. The south façade is a horizontal, large-scale gesture to passing motorists that curves and wraps around the building. Varying patterns of concrete masonry units (CMU) compose this prominent wall. The stacked blocks create a large-scale, changing pattern of subtle shadings as the sunlight moves across the south façade during the day. Rios Clementi Hale Studios maintains continuity with the campus by using block colors and horizontal banding sympathetic to brick colors and patterning on existing buildings. Functionally, the south façade filters sunlight and traffic sounds from the adjacent city streets and freeway.
Image Courtesy Tom Bonner
- Architects: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
- Project: Woodbury University Studio Building
- Location: 7500 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA
- Size: 19,000 square feet; two stories
- Photographer: Tom Bonner
Friday, March 16th, 2012
Article source: Charles Sowers Studios
Windswept consists of 612 freely rotating wind direction indicators mounted parallel to the wall creating an architectural scale instrument for observing the complex interaction between wind and the building. The wind arrows serve as discrete data points indicating the direction of local flow within the larger phenomenon. Wind gusts, rippling and swirling through the sculpture, visually reveal the complex and ever-changing ways the wind interacts with the building and the environment.
Image Courtesy Bruce Damonte
- Architects: Charles Sowers Studios
- Project: Windswept
- Location: Randal Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA
- Size: 35’ length / 20’ height
- Client: San Francisco Arts Commission/Randall Museum
- Contractor: Rocket Science
- Engineer: Hom-Pisano Engineers
- Project Completion: 11/19/2010
- Photography: Bruce Damonte
- Architectural metal wall panels: Provided by QC Facades Rainscreen Solutions, Salt Lake City, UT
- Software used: Autocad and Autodesk Inventor
Friday, March 16th, 2012
Article source: XTEN Architecture
The Openhouse is embedded into a narrow and sharply sloping property in the Hollywood Hills, a challenging site that led to the creation of a house that is both integrated into the landscape and open to the city below. Retaining walls are configured to extend the first floor living level into the hillside and to create a garden terrace for the second level. Steel beams set into the retaining walls perpendicular to the hillside are cantilevered off structural shear walls at the front of the site. Lateral steel clear spans fifty feet between these beams creating a double cantilever at the leading edge of the house and allowing for uninterrupted views over Los Angeles. Front, side and rear elevations of the house slide open to erase all boundaries between indoors and out and connect the spaces to gardens on both levels.
Image Courtesy Art Gray
- Architects: XTEN Architecture
- Project: Open house
- Location: Hollywood Hills (Los Angeles), California
- Principals: Monika Haefelfinger & Austin Kelly, AIA, LEED AP
- Contractor: Peddicord Construction
- Project Completion Date: 2007
- Total Area: 5,500 sq ft (Interior Floor Area); 7,500 sq ft (Exterior Floor Area)
- Photo Credits: Art Gray Photography
Sunday, March 11th, 2012
Article source: Brooks + Scarpa (formerly Pugh + Scarpa)
Step Up on 5th is a bright new spot in downtown Santa Monica. The new building provides a home, support services and rehabilitation for the homeless and mentally disabled population. The new structure provides 46 studio apartments of permanent affordable housing. The project also includes ground level commercial/retail space and subterranean parking. The density of the project is 258 dwelling units/acre, which exceeds the average density of Manhattan, NY (2000 USA Census Bureau Data) by more than 10%.
Images Courtesy John Edward Linden
Sunday, March 11th, 2012
Article source: Predock Frane Architects
For the 2010 GLOW we are proposing a linear spatial construction that links the City to the Ocean. Working with the site of the Bay Street boardwalk, we intend to make visible the connection across the sand to the edge of the ocean. This is a physical “land bridge” connecting the urban landscape of Santa Monica to the edge of the water, but also a conceptual leap that transitions from the “logics” that define the city to the those of the ocean. Taking the vertical nature of the city and merging it with the horizontal impulses of the pacific, we are proposing a visceral and intense space.
Image Courtesy Ian Thomas
- Architects: Predock Frane Architects
- Project: Glow 2010 – Luminous Passage
- Location: Santa Monica, California
- Size: 250’ length / 60’ width/ 25’ height
- Client: City of Santa Monica
- Contractor: Predock_Frane Architects
- Engineer: Mike Ischler
- Project Completion: 09/25/10
- Software Used: AutoCAD and Rhino
- Photography: Ian Thomas
Saturday, March 10th, 2012
Article source: Predock_Frane Architects
This project is located in the Palisades, a hilly region between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains within an existing 1950’s housing development. The project consists of two twin houses sited adjacent to each other on a steep slope above a seasonal watershed. In this project we were interested in exploring the intersection of two classic California building typologies; the courtyard house and the hillside house. This intersection was then further complicated by the overlay of two unsynchronized jurisdictional height envelope parameters that very explicitly controlled the volumetric limits of the structures.
Exterior View (Images Courtesy Jason Predock)
- ARCHITECT: Predock_Frane Architects
- NAME OF PROJECT: Akron Twin Residences
- LOCATION: Pacific Palisades, California
- SIZE: Approximately 4,900 SF (455 square meters)
- CLIENT: Richard Loring
- IMAGES: Jason Predock
Saturday, March 10th, 2012
Article source: Whipple Russell Architects
The client wanted a complete remodel and update of a mid-century modern on the renowned Bird Streets in the Hollywood Hills. This new owner desired a bold, personally satisfying house, conducive to entertaining Hollywood style, but also required excellent resale potential, as his intent was to sell within two years. His interests were in a residence that maximized the stunning views while combining a sleekly modern aesthetic with an inventive and vibrant use of textures, colors and materials.
Image Courtesy William MacCollum
- Architects: Whipple Russell Architects
- Project: Hopen Place – Hollywood Hills Modern
- Location: Hollywood Hills, California
- Project Date: January 2011
- Project Size: 4748 Sq. Ft.
- Site Conditions: Built in 1962 – never remodeled or updated
- Architect Design: Marc Whipple AIA
- Project Manager: Andrew Takabayashi
- Landscape Architect: Paul Robbins
- General Contractor: Joe Griffith
- Structural Engineer: Koje Shoraka, Efficient Consulting Engineers
- Project Manager: Tom Fanning, Bowery Design & Development
- Photographer: William MacCollum
Friday, March 9th, 2012
Article source: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
Colorado Court is one of the first buildings of its type in the United States that is 100% energy independent. Colorado Court distinguishes itself from most conventionally developed projects in that it incorporates energy efficient measures that exceed standard practice, optimize building performance, and ensure reduced energy use during all phases of construction and occupancy. The planning and design of Colorado Court emerged from close consideration and employment of passive solar design strategies. These strategies include: locating and orienting the building to control solar cooling loads; shaping and orienting the building for exposure to prevailing winds; shaping the building to induce buoyancy for natural ventilation; designing windows to maximize day lighting; shading south facing windows and minimizing west-facing glazing; designing windows to maximize natural ventilation; shaping and planning the interior to enhance daylight and natural air flow distribution.
- Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
- Project: Colorado Court
- Location: 502 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, California, USA
- Client/Owner: Community Corporation of Santa Monica
- Total Square Footage: 30,150 square feet
- Designed: 2000
- Completed: 2002
- Cost: $5,200,000.00(US)