Brentwood Residence / Belzberg Architects

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The Brentwood Residence is located on a large picturesque lot in the foothills of the Mountains. Because the lot did not offer any immediate views from the buildable area of the property, the structures that comprise the project were designed to engage each other while focusing attention on the built and natural landscape within.

Architect: Belzberg Architects
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Project Team: Hagy Belzberg, Principal; Daniel Rentsch, Project Manager; David Cheung, Barry Gartin, Brock DeSmit, Justin Brechtel, Ryan Thomas, Eric Stimmel, Erik Sollom, Brad Lang
Project Area: 12,083 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Art Gray Photography, Fotoworks, Benny Chan

Luminous Passage / Predock Frane Architects

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Hadrian Predock + John Frane’s project for the 2010 GLOW festival in Santa Monica titled “Luminous Passage” links the City to the Ocean as a porous and luminous land bridge. Connecting the existing Bay Street boardwalk to the ocean’s edge, the passage makes visible the connection across the sand to the edge of the Pacific. This is a physical tensile structure that supports light and connects the urban landscape of Santa Monica to the edge of the water, but also forms 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, a visceral and intense space twists and emerges. Composed of luminous lines of color (Electroluminescent wire – EL wire), the ambitious scale of the project is a relatively simple construction with only six fixed paper struts as primary support.

Architect: Predock Frane Architects
Location: Santa Monica, ,
Project Year: Fall 2010
Photographs: Ian Thomas

ARTCUBE Exhibition / Brandon Shigeta

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The ARTCUBE exhibition contains a novel interactive sculpture comprising photographs of the artistic processes and techniques captured by Brandon Shigeta. Stacked into random arrays forming a single cubic massing, the sculpture includes hidden signed cards and custom artwork on the surface of the postcards by artists. Perhaps qualifying the exhibit as the heaviest photographic exhibit ever, the sculpture consists of approximately 65,000 postcards of approximately 80 various images to be removed by visitors as souvenirs. More images and description of the exhibition after the break.

Pedro Point Shopping Center / Lowney Architecture

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Architect: Lowney Architecture
Location: Pacifica, California,
Project Team: Ken Lowney, Tim Sloat, Tony Valadez
General Contractor: Pankow Special Projects, L.P.
Structural Engineer: Ingraham DeJesse Associates
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 17,000 sp ft Anchor Space, 3,000 sq ft Retail Space
Photographs: Courtesy of Lowney Architecture

2011 Orchids and Onions Competition

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The Architectural Foundation (SDAF) wants to know what you think makes ’s architecture and design blossom – or stink, and is again soliciting public nominations through August 31 for projects to be considered for this year’s Orchids & Onions Awards. All San Diegans are encouraged to take a few moments to have their say about what they view as the good, the bad and the ugly in categories including Architecture, Historic Preservation, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Sustainable Design, and Miscellaneous; which covers just about everything in-between. By uploading a few photos on the SDAF’s Orchids and Onions website, along with your rationalization, you can be part of cultivating a more thoughtfully designed San Diego. More competition description after the break.

Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden, J. Paul Getty Center / OLIN

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The Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden is one of a series of discrete outdoor sculpture locations throughout the J. Paul Getty Center, featuring an elegant and deferential landscape inspired by Southern ’s rugged beauty. The garden—actually a green roof over part of the museum—showcases works by iconic artists from Noguchi to Henry Moore, offering visitors a striking preview of the museum’s rich collections.

Landscape Architect: OLIN
Architect: Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Location: , California, United States
Project Team: Dennis McGlade, FASLA, E. Allan Spulecki
Fluidity Design Consultants: Englekirk Partners
Structural Engineers: Martin Newson & Associates
Project Area: 23,636 sqf
Year: 2006
Photographs: OLIN, Marion Brenner

Summerhill Residence / Edmonds + Lee Architects

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Architect: Edmonds + Lee Architects
Location: , California, USA
Project Team: Robert Edmonds, Vivian Lee
Project Area: 4,095 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Structural Engineer: Double-D Engineering
Civil Engineer: Dimensions 4 Engineering
Photographs: Bruce Damonte Photography

(RE)Configured-Assemblage / WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC and XP& Architecture

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WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC, in collaboration with XP& Architecture, shared with us their proposal for a sustainable mixed-use development project, aimed to be a developmental landmark, using reconfigured traces of shipping containers. They will do so through diligently reconnecting, revitalising, and humanizing the accessibility of the City of , Blvd and the Broadway Area. More images and a brief description after the break.

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 Tiburon, 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, USA
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, California. 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 USA
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: Hillsborough, , USA
Project Year: 2007
Sources: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, AIA, CaseStudy
Photographs: , 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 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, USA
Project Area: 2009
Project Year: 5,000 sqf
Photographs: Fotoworks/Benny Chan

RETHINK LA : Perspectives on a Future City

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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 A+D Museum 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: Valencia, ,
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: , California,
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.