Garay House / Swatt | Miers Architects

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Lynn and Mark Garay had lived in an older home on a magnificent, private hillside lot in , California for many years. They dreamed one day of transforming their low, one story 1970’s home into a new home worthy of their spectacular site, perched above San Francisco Bay. Their dreams began to be realized in 2005 with the design of a 2000 square foot addition, coupled with a complete renovation of the existing 3,200 square foot house.

Architect: Swatt | Miers Architects
Location: Tiburon, California,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Russell Abraham

Google to build sustainable Headquarters in Mountain View with Ingenhoven Architects

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The award winning sustainable German architecture firm, Ingenhoven Architects, has been hired by Google Inc to design their new headquarters in Mountain View, . Expected to begin construction in 2012, Ingenhoven approached the design with the idea that ‘the architecture should be an expression of the „corporate culture” and at the same time a model for sustainable architecture in the broadest sense surpassing the LEED-Platinum-Standards with its holistic concept’.  Jordan Newman, a Google spokesman shared about Ingenhoven, “we’ve asked them to build the most green, sustainable building possible.”

Google’s offices in Milan, previously featured on ArchDaily can be viewed here. More about this exciting news from the architects following the break.

Twin Houses / Predock Frane Architects

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This project is located in the Pacific Palisades, a hilly region between the Pacific Ocean and the Mountains within an existing 1950′s housing development. The project consists of twin houses sited adjacent to each other on a steep slope above a seasonal watershed. In this project Predock Frane Architects 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 height envelope parameters that very explicitly controlled the volumetric limits of the structures.The building program was ambitious relative to total city allowances, so Predock Frane Architects started by intersecting the two envelopes, and then pierced this volume with two courtyards, altering the hillside typology into a hillside/courtyard hybrid.

Architect: Predock Frane Architects
Location: Pacific Palisades, California
Project Area: 9,000 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Jason Predock

Helios Rehab Sanctuary [Solar + Healing] / Team CLS

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Designed by Team CLS, headed by award winning UK Architect Darren Chan, other members including Emily Lau (Architecture Graduate) and Jonas Sin (Netherlands Architect), the “Helios Rehab Sanctuary” innovates in application of sustainable technologies to create a new and exciting typology. Additional images and a brief description can be found after the break.

Nueva School / Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

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Architects: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Location: , California,
Project Year: 2007
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Photographs: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, Tim Griffith

 

20th St. Offices / Belzberg Architects

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The 20th Street Offices serve as creative working studios for three design firms in , California. They consist of approximately 6,800 sf of studio space in a two story, plus mezzanine, building. They are located on a 7,500 square foot lot in one of the United States top ‘green’ cities. earned this ranking with its extensive Green Building Program and public policies. However, the prominence of sustainable initiatives in doesn’t end with policy; an extensive network of environmentally conscious citizens and business owners, of which the architects of the 20th Street Offices are a member, propels it forward. It is the firm’s desire, along side of its latest trajectories in architectural design and theory, to responsibly lead its fellow citizens, colleagues, and clients in green building initiatives and made no exception when designing their own offices as they pursued a LEED-NC Gold rating.

Architect: Belzberg Architects
Location: 1507 20th Street, Santa Monica, California,
Project Area: 2009
Project Year: 5,000 sqf
Photographs: Fotoworks/Benny Chan

RETHINK LA : Perspectives on a Future City

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Los Angeles is the personification of our suburban nation, and this archetype is both celebrated and condemned for how it has shaped our society. It is now 55 years after the Federal Highway Act changed our national landscape, and 50 years after the dismantling of Pacific Electric Railway changed our metropolis. Once deemed the city of the future, LA is on the precipice of a new epoch. A sea change in demographics, cultural allegiances, and lifestyles are beginning to shift our collective decisions in terms of the way we will live, work, play and travel. Like our predecessors, what grand decisions can we make right now to construct our shared future?

RETHINK/LA presents a series of visions from August 4th to August 24th based on both the stark environmental realities of the present and the optimistic possibilities for the future. The event will be held at the in Los Angeles. For more information, visit here.

 

The Wild Beast / Hodgetts + Fung Design and Architecture

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Architects: Hodgetts + Fung Design and Architecture
Locations: , California,
Client: California Institute of the Arts
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 3,500 sqf
Photographs: Tom Bonner

Armstrong Place Senior Housing / David Baker & Partners

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Architects: David Baker & Partners
Location: San Francisco, , USA
Client: BRIDGE Housing
Contractor: Nibbi Brothers General Contractors
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 131,800 sqm
Photographs: Brian Rose

Video: LA without Cars

Ross Ching’s video takes a look at a car-free , something unimaginable for a city that is so automobile dependent. But last weekend people had no choice as the heavily traveled 405 was closed. Carmageddon as it was called was part of a $1 billion dollar reconstruction project, including installation of an HOV lane and upgrading of some on/off ramps. The 10 mile section of the freeway was anticipated to be closed for 53 hours from midnight on July 15th until 5am July 18th however the construction ended a bit earlier.  Tshirts were sold, apps were produced, and viral videos were all part of the epic closure of the 405.

A+D invites your kids to a creative workshop!

Join A+D Museum and Moore Rubble Yudell Architects and Planners for a children’s workshop exploring the world of staircases. Children will work alongside professional architects to plan, design and build a staircase. Whether their models are sweeping and grand or sky-high and wild, ARkidECTs will gain hands-on experience in the world of a professional architect… stepping up to the design of their imaginations. Parents are welcome to join the fun!

Children ages 7-12 are welcome next Saturday, July 30 between 10am – 1pm at Moore Rubble Yudell, 933 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404. Fee is $10 per child, family members free. Snacks and supplies provided. For more information, please click here.

Manhattan Beach Post / SFJones Architects

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SFJones Architects’ latest inspired creation is the hip new M.B. Post in , opening in April 2011. For this upscale eatery, SFJones was asked to design a “soulful space.” A resident himself, Jones realized that he could capture the essence of this warm beach community by weaving into the design distinctive local building features such as volleyball posts and lifeguard stations amid reclaimed barn wood, incorporating historical references to the original post office with rustic walnut millwork and a faux-painted vintage feature wall.

Architect: SFJones Architects
Location: 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, California, USA
Project Team: Stephen Francis Jones, AIA, Principal Architect; Justin Killian, Lead Project Architect; Alexandra Girot, Interior Designer
Contractor: PKJ Construction
Lighting: Light Group, Inc.
Engineering: Grimm & Chen Structural Engineering, Inc.
Kitchen: Myers Restaurant Supply, Inc.
Graphics: eyerus
Faux-Painting: Donn Cross & Associates
Project Area: 3,325 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of SFJones Architects

Sunset Vine Tower / Kanner Architects

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Neighbor to the Hollywood landmark Cinerama Dome, Sunset Vine Tower is a conversion of a 22-story office building into a 63-unit apartment building. This adaptive reuse project stands atop street-level retail. As the tallest building in Hollywood, Sunset Vine Tower’s Modernist design creates a dynamic exclamation point in the mostly traditional fabric of the Hollywood residential renaissance.

Architect: Kanner Architects
Location: , California,
Project Area: 110,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Nicolas O.S. Marques

Gallery House / Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects

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Architects: Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects
Location: , CA, USA
Principals: Luke Ogrydziak, Zoë Prillinger
Project Team: Haemi Chang, Leo Henke, Yasmin Vobis, Gisela Schmoll
Daylighting Consultant: Loisos + Ubbelohde
Building Structural Engineering: Santos + Urritia
Façade Structural Engineering: DeSimone Consulting Engineers
General Contractor: Forsythe General Contractors
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tim Griffith

ICrete / FKA

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This space houses the corporate headquarters for a young company that is developing new technology for concrete. The objective was to design a think tank that would encourage interaction and reflect the innovative green products that they are developing.

Architect: The Felderman Keatinge + Associates (FKA)
Location: , California, USA
Photographs: Courtesy of FKA

Yucca Crater / Ball Nogues Studio

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Each fall High Desert Test Sites invites artists to create experimental projects adjacent to ’s Joshua Tree National Park. This year HDTS invited Ball Nogues Studio to create a structure in a remote region of the Mojave Desert. This presents a unique opportunity to draw upon an unfettered landscape at a grand scale. Expanding on theories developed by earthwork artists Yucca Crater will re-imagine these concepts through new methods of production linked to their cross-disciplinary artistic, architectural, design and fabrication practice.

Venice House / Daly Genik Architects

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This house designed by Daly Genik Architects will be showcased at the upcoming Little Tokyo Design Week that we recently featured. The site, with a two bedroom main house and pied-a-terre above the garage, is a reversal of the more common relationship between main and guesthouse found in this neighborhood. The garage and apartment are at the street and the primary residence is located at the rear of the site, both units facing a lush courtyard. The main house, enthusiastically remodeled in the 1980’s in a Santa Fe-inspired vocabulary, had a single bedroom and an open loft. The clients who purchased the property wanted to update the house to accommodate their growing family and frequent in-law visits.

Architect: Daly Genik Architects
Location: , USA
Project Team: Kevin Daly, Gretchen Stoecker, Kody Kellogg
Landscape Architect: Polly Furr, Venice Studio
Structural Engineer: Gilsanz Murray Steficek
Energy/Title 24: Energy Code Works
Contractor: Carlos Grande, CA Construction
Photographs: Benny Chan/Fotoworks, Jason Schmidt

De La Costa / Fuse Architecture

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This 4 bedroom 3 bathroom home encompasses the feel of an ideal family beach retreat. The main concern when designing this home was that the clients wanted to fill the home with as much natural light as possible. The previously standing home was demolished in order to build a completely new design because the previously standing home was dilapidated and in need of significant repair.

Architect: Fuse Architecture
Location: , USA
Contractor: Ekers Construction
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Fuse Architecture