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Urban Revitalization in Long Beach, California by Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Article source: Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

In any major city, there are certain areas that become, or have always been, rough around the edges, driving residents away and contributing to a sense of urban decay. Whether through neglect, a shift in demographics, a change in the local economy, or other market forces, these areas become not just an eyesore, but a blight on the neighborhood. And so it was with a section of town in East Long Beach, California, which had deteriorated to the point of being a place that most residents of the city actively avoided.

Image Courtesy © Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

Image Courtesy © Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

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Kings Road in Los Angeles, California by Shapiro Joyal Studio

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Article source: Shapiro Joyal Studio

Shapiro Joyal Studio designed the interiors of a Hollywood writer-director’s home in one of LA architect Lorcan O’Herlihy’s West Hollywood multi-family gems. The home is perfect for entertaining family and guests.

View from central atrium looking East onto Kings Road. Items include a Noguchi lantern, solid walnut barstools from Bassam Fellows in New York, and two custom Paola Lenti wool felt rugs. Dining table is from Speke Klein in Canada with Hans Wegner oak wishbone chairs from Jules Seltzer in Los Angeles. ,Image Courtesy © Shapiro Joyal Studio

View from central atrium looking East onto Kings Road. Items include a Noguchi lantern, solid walnut barstools from Bassam Fellows in New York, and two custom Paola Lenti wool felt rugs. Dining table is from Speke Klein in Canada with Hans Wegner oak wishbone chairs from Jules Seltzer in Los Angeles. ,Image Courtesy © Shapiro Joyal Studio

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SL11024 in Los Angeles, California by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Article source: Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects 

Through its materiality and form, LOHA’s design for the SL11024 student and faculty housing complex seamlessly engages its historically sensitive site and challenging hillside topography and creates a new model for urban development that enriches an academic community.

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

  • Architects: LOHA (Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects)
  • Project: SL11024
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Photography: Iwan Baan
  • Design Team: Donnie Schmidt (PM), Damian LeMons, Lilit Ustayan, Chris Faulhammer, Ian Dickenson, Abel Garcia
  • Size: 55,000 SF
  • Program: Off-campus housing catering to university community, including a fitness center, yoga studio, business center, and resident lounges.

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Noe Residence in San Francisco, California by Studio VARA

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Article source: v2com 

A research scientist with an eye for detail approached Studio VARA with a modest vision and a couple of basic practical needs:  First, transform a 1908 Noe Valley cottage– with a history of subpar alterations – into a cohesive modern dwelling.  Second, provide an enclosed garage in a neighborhood with tough parking.

The main facade presents a quiet, private face to the public street, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

The main facade presents a quiet, private face to the public street, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

  • Architects & Interiors: Studio VARA 
  • Project: Noe Residence
  • Location: San Francisco, California, United States
  • Photography: Bruce Damonte
  • General Contractor: Dijeau Poage Construction
  • Structural Engineer: FTF Engineering
  • Civil Engineer: Lea and Braze Engineering
  • Landscape: SF Green Spaces

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Bal House in Menlo Park, California by Terry & Terry Architecture

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Article source: v2com

This project consists of a single-story addition and renovation to an existing mid-century ranch house in Menlo Park, California.

Conceived for a retired couple, the open and accessible design integrates the living space with the rear garden to create a well-lit domestic extension. Comprised of two floating volumes, the addition formally designates the bedroom to the west and the main (common) space to the east. The two wings gradually diverge from the original structure to generate a glass-clad fissure in between. This void space pulls the garden inwards, injecting elements of the outdoors into the core of the house.

house connecting to rear deck and garden area, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

house connecting to rear deck and garden area, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

  • Architects: Terry & Terry Architecture
  • Project: Bal House
  • Location: Menlo Park, California, US
  • Photography: Bruce Damonte
  • Software used: ArchiCad from Grafisoft
  • Project Team: Alex Terry, Ivan Terry, Matt Bisset
  • Project Engineer: Santos Urrutia Structural Engineers Inc. San Francisco
  • Contractor: Timberline Construction
  • Completion Date: July 2011

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Richardson Apartments in San Francisco, California by David Baker Architects

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Article source: David Baker Architects

Formerly a parking lot on the southeast corner of Fulton and Gough streets, the Drs. Julian + Raye Richardson Affordable Apartments has risen on one of the sites freed for development by the demolition of the collapsed Central Freeway. This five-story building will provide permanent supportive housing for a very-low-income, formerly homeless population.

Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

  • Architects: David Baker Architects
  • Project: Richardson Apartments
  • Location: San Francisco, California, US
  • Photography: Bruce Damonte, Evelyn Reyes, Matthew Millman
  • Software Used: Revit
  • Associate Architect: Baker Vilar Architects
  • Landscape Architect: Andrea Cochran Landscape Architects
  • Owner’s Representative: Design Studios Gonzalo Castro
  • Nonprofit Housing Developer: Community Housing Partnership, Mercy Housing California
  • Site Area: 18.906 sqft
  • Area: 65.419 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011

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FENLON HOUSE in Los Angeles, California by Martin Fenlon Architecture

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Article source: Martin Fenlon Architecture

In the little-known neighborhood of Hermon, located just outside of downtown Los Angeles, a dilapidated 1920’s bungalow has undergone a major remodel, bringing new life to the old structure. The new addition to the front of the house forms a unique alliance with the remodeled existing house. This new frontispiece appears to be intimately nested within the older existing house, while maintaining a stark differentiation. The frontispiece has been clad in a clear cedar which contrasts the torched cedar that wraps the rest of the structure. The front addition integrates the house with the adjacent streetscape as it terraces down to the sidewalk and forms a long bench.

Image Courtesy © Zach Lipp

Image Courtesy © Zach Lipp

  • Architects: Martin Fenlon Architecture
  • Project: FENLON HOUSE
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, US
  • Photography: Zach Lipp
  • Area: 960 s.f.
  • Project Year: 2013 – 2015

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G HOUSE in Los Angeles, California by Design Initiatives

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Article source: Design Initiatives

G House is a 610 sq. ft. (57 sq. m.) secondary guest unit up on the hill of Monterey Park near Downtown Los Angeles. In a tiny, odd-shaped site, with a lot of code restrictions and a tight budget, Design Initiatives successfully created a functional floor layout scheme with a garage, kitchen, dining, living areas and a full bathroom.

Image Courtesy © Design Initiatives

Image Courtesy © Design Initiatives

  • Architects: Design Initiatives
  • Project: G  HOUSE
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, US State
  • Software used: AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max and Photoshop
  • Type : Guest house
  • Date : May-July, 2015
  • Area : 610 sq. ft.
  • Credits : Design Initiatives: Vlado Valkof – architect;
  • Project team: Ana Veselinova, Elena Takova
  • Visualizations: Constantine Dimitrov, Vladi Dimitrov, Konstantin Kyosev
  • Structural: MS Consulting
  • MEP & environmental: Perfect Design

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Diamond Project in San Francisco, California by Terry & Terry Architecture

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Article source: Terry & Terry Architecture

The main floor sits at garden level. It contains the common spaces, beginning with a view balcony at the front of the house that extends from the living room, back to a large, kitchen/dining area that opens to rear, outdoor living spaces.

Image Courtesy © Ethan Kaplan

Image Courtesy © Ethan Kaplan

  • Architects: Terry & Terry Architecture
  • Project: Diamond Project
  • Location: San Francisco, California, US
  • Photography: Ethan Kaplan, Joe Fletcher, Alex Terry
  • Software used: ArchiCad, Graphisoft
  • Architects that worked on project:  Alex Terry AIA, Ivan Terry
  • Associate architect(s), if applicable: NA
  • Interior designer: TTA
  • Engineer(s): Santos Urrutia Structural Engineers Inc.
  • Landscape: Gentry Landscapes, Charles Smith (more…)

Modern Atrium House in Belmont, California by Klopf Architecture

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Article source: Klopf Architecture

The owners, inspired by mid-century modern architecture, hired Klopf Architecture to help them decide: remodel and add to a 1940s modern house or start fresh with an Eichler-inspired 21st-Century, energy efficient, all new home that would work for their family of three. With the decision made to start over, Klopf and the owners planned a home that follows the gentle slope of the hillside while the overarching post-and-beam roof above provides an unchanging datum line. Every square foot of the house remains close to the ground creating a sense of connection with nature. The resulting increase in ceiling height with each step-down helps create the hierarchy of the public spaces (living room is tallest, then dining, then kitchen, then entry). A rational layout based on four-foot-wide beam bays brings a calm composure to the space while the central stacked stone fireplace chimney shooting up through a skylight contrasts that with some fanfare.

Image Courtesy © Mariko Reed

Image Courtesy © Mariko Reed

  • Architects: Klopf Architecture
  • Project: Modern Atrium House
  • Location: Belmont, California, US
  • Photography: Mariko Reed
  • Software used: ArchiCAD
  • Klopf Architecture Project Team: John Klopf, AIA, Geoff Campen, Angela Todorova, and Jeff Prose
  • Structural Engineer: Alex Rood, SE, Fulcrum Engineering (now Pivot Engineering)
  • Landscape Designer (atrium): Yoshi Chiba, Chiba’s Gardening
  • Landscape Designer (rear lawn): Aldo Sepulveda, Sepulveda Landscaping
  • Contractor: Augie Peccei, Coast to Coast Construction
  • Year completed: 2015

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