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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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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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