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Herzog & de Meuron to Complete $2 Billion Development in Los Angeles' Arts District

16:15 - 23 February, 2017
Herzog & de Meuron to Complete $2 Billion Development in Los Angeles' Arts District, View from the street. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
View from the street. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning

The Los Angeles Department of City planning has released a new study surrounding Herzog & de Meuron’s 6AM mixed-use development planned for LA’s Arts District. Originally revealed last fall, the estimated $2 billion complex would constitute the Swiss firm’s first project in the Southern California city, and could play a major role in the revitalization of the downtown area.

Skyline view. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning View from the street. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning View of one of the project's retail areas. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning View of one of the project's retail areas. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning +12

2.8 Million-square-foot Apple Campus to Open in April... And It Looks Incredible

10:30 - 22 February, 2017

Apple today announced that Apple Park (also referred to as Apple Campus 2) will be ready to occupy beginning in April. Envisioned by Steve Jobs as a “center for creativity and collaboration,” the 175-acre campus will serve as a new home for more than 12,000 employees, who will be moved-in over a six month period. Construction on outer buildings and park spaces will continue through the summer.

© Apple © Apple © Apple © Apple via screenshot from video +6

Apple Campus 2 Held to “Fantastical” Standard of Detail, New Report Reveals

11:50 - 8 February, 2017
Apple Campus 2 Held to “Fantastical” Standard of Detail, New Report Reveals, © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple
© Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple

As the finishing touches are applied to the long-awaited Apple Campus 2 (due to be completed in spring of this year), a new report from Reuters has revealed the fantastical strive for perfection demanded by Apple’s in-house project management team. Compiled from interviews with over 20 current and former workers on the project, the piece delves into the exceptional level of detail to which they have held their construction team, which is said to have been the cause of the delay from the project’s original 2016 completion date.

Gensler Designs 52-Story Mixed-Use "Gateway" to Downtown Los Angeles

12:00 - 6 February, 2017
Gensler Designs 52-Story Mixed-Use "Gateway" to Downtown Los Angeles, Courtesy of Gensler
Courtesy of Gensler

An eclectic stacked skyscraper may become downtown Los Angeles’ newest landmark. Designed by Gensler, the 52-story tower at 1600 South Figueroa would add to Central LA’s current development boom, contributing a mix of housing, retail, offices and a hotel to the area located near the Staples Center and LA Live Entertainment district.

BIG Unveils Mixed-Use Concrete Superstructure for Los Angeles' Arts District

14:10 - 12 December, 2016
BIG Unveils Mixed-Use Concrete Superstructure for Los Angeles' Arts District, Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

BIG has revealed plans for a 2.6 million square foot (242,000 square meter) mixed-use complex in LA’s burgeoning Arts District. Called 670 Mesquit, the project will take the form of a series of stepped boxes containing 800,000 square feet of office space, 250 residential units and two hotels. The development will mark BIG’s first project in Los Angeles.

Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG +33

Finishing Touches Applied to Foster + Partners' Apple Campus 2

17:15 - 11 December, 2016

Following an unofficial update in August 2016, Apple's Campus 2 is entering the final stages of construction. A new drone video, captured by aerial videographer Matthew Roberts earlier this month, shows the 'Research and Development' facility nearing full completion and capped by a vast roof plant, the 'tantau roof' on the security kiosk in place, and an epic effort in landscaping taking place both within the "spaceship's" courtyard and across the company's enormous property. Only one crane now remains on site and the solar installations appear to be around 60% complete, suggesting that the scheduled 2017 move-in date remains on track.

© Apple. Image via MacGeneration © Apple. Image via MacGeneration © Apple. Image via MacGeneration © Apple. Image via MacGeneration +15

TEN Arquitectos' New Mexican Museum in San Francisco Celebrates Diversity

14:00 - 19 November, 2016
TEN Arquitectos' New Mexican Museum in San Francisco Celebrates Diversity , Courtesy of TEN Arquitectos
Courtesy of TEN Arquitectos

Earlier this year construction started on the new home for The Mexican Museum, designed by TEN Arquitectos. Located in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Cultural District, it will fill the first four floors of Millennium Partners’ 700,000 square foot luxury residential tower. The new museum will become a social, cultural and educational center for the promotion of Mexican and Mexican-American art and culture in San Francisco, California.

"The project encourages social commitment and celebrates diversity. The museum is a plural space via a social bond with the community’s history and culture and urban management strategies based on diverse uses and social gatherings," states TEN Arquitectos.

The museum plans to open its doors in the spring of 2019. See below for more details. 

Courtesy of TEN Arquitectos Courtesy of TEN Arquitectos Courtesy of TEN Arquitectos Courtesy of TEN Arquitectos +24

California College of the Arts Selects Studio Gang for New San Francisco Campus

08:00 - 18 November, 2016
California College of the Arts Selects Studio Gang for New San Francisco Campus, Courtesy of California College of the Arts
Courtesy of California College of the Arts

The California College of the Arts (CCA) has selected Studio Gang out of three finalists to design an expanded art and design college campus for the school in San Francisco. Currently split between San Francisco and Oakland, CCA’s expansion in San Francisco will allow all of the school’s programs to be housed in one location. 

Over the next five years, Studio Gang and CCA will collaborate to create a new campus to host 2,000 students, 600 faculty members, 250 staff members, and 34 academic programs, and to be a model of sustainable construction and practice.

California College of the Arts Selects 3 Finalists to Design New San Francisco Campus

16:30 - 17 October, 2016
California College of the Arts Selects 3 Finalists to Design New San Francisco Campus, Front of the campus "Skyline". Image © Dave Fenton
Front of the campus "Skyline". Image © Dave Fenton

The California College of the Arts (CCA) has selected 3 top firms as finalists to design “a new, ground-breaking art school that will redefine 21st century arts education.” Chosen from an original pool of 75 architects, the three firms will now interview for the chance to design a new campus that aims to unify the college’s Oakland and San Francisco campuses into one vibrant Bay Area institution.

The chosen firm will work together with the school over the next five years to create a plan that will bring together 2,000 students, 600 faculty members, 250 staff members, and 34 academic programs to a consolidated campus located at the intersection of the city’s innovation corridor, the new DoReMi (Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, Mission) arts district, and Mission Bay. The primary project site will be a 2.4-acre lot that borders the college’s existing San Francisco campus buildings. The campus will house all of CCA’s programs, including art, crafts, design, architecture and writing, fostering interaction between the different disciplines.

Form4 Architecture Breaks Ground on Sustainable Technology Park with Sweeping Curves

06:00 - 9 September, 2016
Form4 Architecture Breaks Ground on Sustainable Technology Park with Sweeping Curves , Courtesy of Form4 Architecture
Courtesy of Form4 Architecture

Form4 Architecture’s project, Innovation Curve Technology Park, has been honored by the Green Good Design Awards presented by The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design, and Urban Studies, in collaboration with The Chicago Athenaeum’s Museum for Architecture and Design.  

The project, which recently broke ground in Palo Alto, California, “celebrates the creative process of invention” through its sweeping metal curves, which represent the highs and lows of exploratory research and development. The tall, two-story curves “rise to represent the crescendo of the creative spark and pragmatic analysis of ideas, and descend to transition into long, horizontal bands symbolizing the implementation phase of invention.”

Courtesy of Form4 Architecture Courtesy of Form4 Architecture Courtesy of Form4 Architecture Courtesy of Form4 Architecture +23

Form4 Architecture's Sustainable "Sea Song" Wins Multiple Awards

12:00 - 28 August, 2016
Form4 Architecture's Sustainable "Sea Song" Wins Multiple Awards, Courtesy of Form4 Architecture
Courtesy of Form4 Architecture

Form4 Architecture has won first place at the International Design Awards for its project, Sea Song, which additionally was honored by the Green Good Design Awards presented by The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design, and Urban Studies, in collaboration with The Chicago Athenaeum’s Museum for Architecture and Design. 

This Floating Desalination Megastructure is Designed to Combat California's Water Shortages

09:30 - 25 August, 2016
This Floating Desalination Megastructure is Designed to Combat California's Water Shortages, Day View of the Vessel. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke
Day View of the Vessel. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke

California is suffering through its 5th year of severe water shortage. Aquifers and rivers continue to dry out as the water provided by melting snowpacks is reduced, and even the heavy rain brought by El Niño this year could not relieve the drought. Authorities are wary of the long-term consequences for California and neighboring areas of the Colorado River, and Santa Monica is now seeing a growing number of initiatives to control the use of potable water and find sustainable solutions.

Most recently, a competition asked architects, artists and scientists to conceive sustainable infrastructure projects to improve Santa Monica’s water supply. Bart//Bratke and studioDE developed a raft structure named “Foram” that illustrates the future of floating platforms in sustainable development.

Night View from the Coast. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke Aerial Coast Assembly. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke Pavilion Alignment. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke Interior of the Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke +15

AD Classics: Bullocks Wilshire / John and Donald Parkinson

04:00 - 23 August, 2016
AD Classics: Bullocks Wilshire / John and Donald Parkinson, Gjura Stojano’s mural “The Spirit of Sports” was the centerpiece of the Sportswear Department. ImageCourtesy of Balcony Press
Gjura Stojano’s mural “The Spirit of Sports” was the centerpiece of the Sportswear Department. ImageCourtesy of Balcony Press

With its iconic copper-clad tower looming over Wilshire Boulevard, the Bullock’s Wilshire has been a celebrated element of the Los Angeles cityscape since its opening in 1929. Known for its lavish Art Deco aesthetic, the department store made its mark as a prime shopping destination in a city filled with celebrities. But the Bullock’s Wilshire was more than a glamorous retail space; with a design centered around the automobile, it was to set a new standard for how businesses adapted to a rapidly changing urban environment.

Courtesy of Balcony Press The Bauhaus-inspired elevators in the grand foyer. ImageCourtesy of Balcony Press Detail drawing of gate. ImageCourtesy of Balcony Press A 1946 postcard with the Bullock’s Wilshire in the background. Imagevia digitalpostercollection.com +14

Video: Apple 2 Campus Headed Toward Completion

14:00 - 8 August, 2016

Foster + Partners' Apple 2 Campus is racing towards its December 2016 completion date. As seen in this drone video captured by aerial videographer Matthew Roberts, the exterior of the spaceship-like main building is nearly finished, with many of the campus' other buildings, such as the auditorium, the research & development center and the 100,000 square foot corporate fitness center, also approaching full realization. 

A Virtual Look Into A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons' Case Study House #24

10:45 - 2 August, 2016
A Virtual Look Into A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons' Case Study House #24, Courtesy of Archilogic
Courtesy of Archilogic

As A Quincy Jones rightly said, “There’s no unimportant architecture”.[1] The late architect worked alongside his colleague, Frederick E. Emmons, putting their hearts and souls into the design of Case Study House #24, but sadly it was never built. The location in which Case Study House #24 was to be constructed was once a part of the Rolling Hills Ranch, the area which is now popularly known as San Fernando Valley.

The design of the house started with the surrounding environment, which is richly brought out in the architectural drawings by the architects. The region with its lush green vegetation invites swimming, barbecuing, horse riding and other such outdoor activities.

Courtesy of Archilogic Courtesy of Archilogic Courtesy of Archilogic Courtesy of Archilogic +8

BIG and Heatherwick's Futuristic Google HQ Back on the Table After Massive Land Deal with LinkedIn

12:05 - 13 July, 2016
BIG and Heatherwick's Futuristic Google HQ Back on the Table After Massive Land Deal with LinkedIn, © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio
© Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio

The “Googleplex” is back on. After the Mountain View City Council announced last year that they would be awarding the majority of the land needed to construct the futurist masterplan designed for Google by BIG and Thomas Heatherwick to fellow tech giant LinkedIn, the future of the ambitious glass-canopied corporate campus seemed to be dead in the water, with the architects even releasing images of a pared down design that would occupy a much smaller footprint. But all of that has now changed thanks to a surprising property swap between the two companies that will see over three million square feet of real estate switch hands.

Los Angeles' Glass-Bottomed "Skyslide" Opens to the Public

16:00 - 28 June, 2016

Found in places as diverse as the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, Willis Tower, and Tokyo Skytree, glass bottom observation decks have become the favorite engineering marvel of thrill seekers looking for a new perspective on the world. Now, the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles has upped the ante for adrenaline-spiking structures – affixing a glass side to the building’s facade. Spanning from a window on the 70th story to a terrace on the 69th, the 45-foot-long chute opened to the public on Saturday, providing those brave enough to ride it with unprecedented views of the city.

A Virtual Look Into Beverley David Thorne's Case Study House #26

10:30 - 23 June, 2016
A Virtual Look Into Beverley David Thorne's Case Study House #26, © Kathi Elliott
© Kathi Elliott

The biggest surprise in this Archilogic model is the spectrum of color. Anyone who has visited the Case Study House 26 in San Rafael, California during the last 40 years would be familiar with the building’s classic all-white steel frame look, but the architect, Beverley David Thorne, had originally picked a very different color scheme: “Dull Gold”  for the steel, saffron and other more vivid colors for the interiors. “The choice of exterior colors,” wrote Thorne in Arts & Architecture magazine, “was dictated by the climate and the character of the surrounding landscape.” This Archilogic model recreates the original 1963 conditions, down to the bedroom wall and tile colors.