Moana / Fuse Architecture

© Wayne Capelli of Interface

This 4 bedroom 3.5-bathroom unique beach home is the product of the client’s desires to reflect the personal lifestyles of their family. This property is located on a highly popular surf spot in , CA, which is perfect for this active, surfing family of six. The design is perfectly suited to fuse together the distinctiveness of a modern home with the active beach vibe that encompasses the family.

Architect: Fuse Architecture
Location: Santa Cruz, California,
Engineer: George Reynolds
Landscape Architect: Fuse Architecture
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Wayne Capelli of Interface

Sky Arc Residence / Will Bruder Architects

© Bill Timmerman

The crescent plan of the house derives its form from topography and landscape, embedded in the hillside and similar to the gentle curvature of the Northern California hills. Structures are placed for maximum preservation of native vegetation, including specimen Coast Live Oak and Madrone trees. Several landmark trees become focal points at entry or in foreground views. The simple volumes, clad in pre-weathered pewter-gray zink, are intended to recede into the texture of the landscape.

Architect: Will Bruder Architects
Location: California,
Project Area: 6,500 sqf
Photographs: Bill Timmerman

Vienna Way / Marmol Radziner

© Joe Fletcher Photography

The Vienna Way residence, designed for a young family, is located on a large, extensively landscaped lot in Venice, CA. Floor to ceiling glazing and outdoor living spaces fully integrate the home within the native landscape.

Architect: Marmol Radziner
Location: Venice, California, USA
Interior Designer, Landscape Architect, General Contractor:
Structural Engineer: C.W. Howe and Partners Inc.
Project Area: 4,554 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Joe Fletcher Photography

Jackse Winery / Architectural Resources Group

© David Wakely

Architects: Architectural Resources Group
Location: St. Helena, , USA
Client: Napa Valley Vintners
Civil: Degenkolb, The Engineering Partnership, Ray E. Slaughter, RGH
Consultants: Riechers & Spence
Landscape: Jonathan Plant & Associates
Furniture: Julie Drechsel with Workspace Solutions
Project area: 7,960 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: David Wakely

LAPD MTD + MSP / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

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This project is one piece of the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) new headquarters facility, originally awarded through a competition to a team that included the LA office of DMJM/Design (now part of AECOM), Denver-based Roth+Sheppard, Studio 0.10, and John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK).

Architect: John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects
Location: Los Angeles, ,
Project Area: 300,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Fotoworks

Reggie Rodriguez Community Center / Sparano + Mooney Architecture

© Toshi Yashimi

This park’s new community center provides a 6,300 square foot space including a two-story multi-purpose room, a snack bar which serves both the building and the park, storage areas, an elevator, two rooftop decks and space for four non-profit agencies (including a child care facility, a clinic and a computer laboratory) providing services for the at-risk youth of the neighborhood. There is also a neighborhood police drop-in station for the Montebello police. The scope of work for this $900,000 project included full ADA compliance upgrade for the park and the rehabilitation and reprogramming (to storage) of existing restrooms located in the park.

The design was developed through a series of community meetings with the Montebello neighborhood and was strongly influenced by the community outreach effort led by the SMA design team. The project was completed and has been featured in Architectural Record’s on-line magazine and in Architecture and Bauwelt magazines.

Architects: Sparano + Mooney Architecture
Location: City of Montebello, California, USA
Project Team: John Sparano, Anne Mooney, Ludwing Juarez and Jorge Beltran
Project Area: 6,300 sqf
Photographs: Toshi Yashimi

Hercules Public Library / Will Bruder Architects

© Bill Timmerman

The new Public Library is conceived as a community gathering place and a functionally efficient vessel of knowledge and discovery. Rooted in the landscape and traditions of the town and region, the library draws from diverse eastern and western cultures—tied to the climate of courtyard missions, Eastern gardens, and Northern .

Architect: Will Bruder Architects
Location: Hercules, California, USA
Project Area: 20,162 sqf
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Bill Timmerman

Los Angeles Mission College / Cannon Design

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Architects: Cannon Design
Location: , California,
Engineering: Integrated Engineering Consulting Engineers
Project area: 87,000 sqf
Photographs: Feinknopf Photography

Rita Atkinson Residence / Valerio Dewalt Train Architects

© Nic Lehoux

Architects: Valerio Dewalt Train Architects
Location: , California, USA
Project Architect: Tom Daly
Project Team: Anthony Valerio, Alan Barker, Brian Wening
Design Principal: Joseph Valerio
Principal In Charge: Randy Mattheis
Proyect Year: 2010
Project Area: 226,000 sqf
Photographs: Nic Lehoux

In Progress: Ocean Front Mixed-Use / Kanner Architects


These two 3-story mixed-use buildings, side-by-side reflecting each other, sit on a narrow thirty-foot lot along Ocean Front walk on world famous . This culturally diverse urban community is a busy commercial pedestrian area, popular with tourists and locals alike.

Architect: Kanner Architects
Location: Venice Beach, California, USA
Project Area: 13,000 sqf

Lafayette Park Recreation Center / Kanner Architects

© Nicolas O.S. Marques

The Lafayette Park Recreation Center is the first completed LEED-certified building for The City of Los Angeles.  The project is a 15,000 sqf addition to, and remodel of an existing 1963 community center, resulting in an L-shaped plan.  The design challenge was to deliver an inexpensive public building that would be low- to no- maintenance, functional and attractive.

Architects: Kanner Architects
Location: Los Angeles, ,
Client: The City of Los Angeles
Photographs: Nicolas O.S. Marques

Camino Nuevo High School / Daly Genik Architects

© Tim Griffith

This charter high school houses 500 students in Silver Lake, a multi-cultural community adjacent to downtown Los Angeles. It is the third project, in a series of four that the Daly Genik Architects has designed for the charter school client. The schools were launched by a nonprofit community development corporation to provide small, focused schools for children in a dense and underserved urban Los Angeles neighborhood. In 2000 and 2003 the office completed an elementary and a middle school on a single block campus in MacArthur Park.

Architect: Daly Genik Architects
Location: Los Angeles, ,
Project Team: Kevin Daly (Principal-in-Charge), Tomaso Bradshaw, Patrick McEneany, Stephan Bohne, Anthony Anderson, Jared Ward, Aaron Whelton, Irena Bedenikovic, Timothy Morshead, Kody Kellogg
Structural Engineering: John Labib + Associates
Mechanical Engineering: Tsuchiyama Kaino Sun & Carter
Electrical Engineering: Konsortum 1
Civil Engineering: Pfeiler and Associates
Geotechnical Engineering: Geotechnologies, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Ahbe
Code Consulting: Schirmer Engineering
Specifications: Philip Easton
Contractor: Turner Special Projects
Photographs: Tim Griffith

Desert House / Marmol Radziner

© Joe Fletcher

Architects: Marmol Radziner
Location: , California, USA
Project area: 20,234 sqm
Project year: 2005
Photographs: Joe Fletcher Photography

Housing & Dining Services Administration Building / Studio E Architects

© David Hewitt & Anne Garrison

Featuring a new 8,000 sqf main catering kitchen for the campus, the Housing & Dining Services Administration Building is home to UCSD’s Catering and Housing, Dining & Hospitality staff—here everything to do with food or housing on campus is handled. The project site is in the southwestern corner of the UCSD campus and sits on the western edge of campus. The building overlooks North Torrey Pines Road which is a major thoroughfare. The neighborhood across this road to the west is a mix of small scale housing and a church. On campus, the immediate neighbors are classrooms and laboratories to the north, a student dining commons to the east and a new residential complex now under construction to the south. The site was chosen in part because the catering operations could share the loading/drop off space with the student dining commons.

Architect: Studio E Architects
Location: North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, ,
Landscape Architect: IVY Landscape
General Contractor: Swinerton Incorporated
Project Area: 43,400 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: David Hewitt & Anne Garrison

Cactus Tower / Eric Owen Moss Architects

© Tom Bonner

The existing 30,000 sqf building was originally used for light manufacturing, constructed in the 1940′s, has walls of poured concrete, and a roof structure that is a sequence of wood bow string trusses. A large steel frame, enclosed with corrugated metal, 50 feet high, is located just outside the warehouse, where a industrial press was once housed. The now vacant tower was stripped revealing a ramshackle steel support structure, and a supporting concrete block wall. With the intention to reuse the existing structure, Eric Owen Moss Architects reinterpreted the space to create an outdoor meeting and gathering area.

More photographs and drawings of the Cactus Tower following the break.

Architects: Eric Owen Moss Architects
Location: Los Angeles, , USA
Photographs: Tom Bonner

Pleasantville / MANIFESTO

Courtesy of Architecture P.C.

The Dingbat, which has long been a residential icon of the area, is direly in need of an update. Transportation and congestion are some of the greatest obstacles that faces today and the traditional Dingbat fails to respond to these problems in many ways. Not only has the limited capacity (6-8 households per building) proven insufficient in accommodating the rapidly increasing population and thus exacerbating already problematic sprawl, but the back-out parking spaces traversing the sidewalks create unfriendly and hazardous walking conditions for pedestrians making the already difficult journey to public transit even more of a challenge.

High Tech High Chula Vista / Studio E Architects

© Jim Brady Architectural Photography

Designed by Studio E Architects, High Tech High School is a 45,000 sqf charter school for 450 students in ninth through twelfth grade, and a recent names as one of the COTE 2011 Top Ten Projects. The school is situated on an eight acre site in southeastern overlooking the Otay River Valley and Mexico to the south. The design of the school reflects the charter school’s emphasis on three fundamental values – transparency, community and sustainability. The school is a combination of modular and site built construction. Classes commenced in January 2009 hosting a diverse student body of 440 students who began pursuit of a unique ‘hands-on’ curriculum in an innovative building crafted to their needs.

Architect: Studio E Architects
Location: 1945 Discovery Falls Drive, Chula Vista, California,
Landscape Architect: IVY Landscape
General Contractor: Bycor General Contractors
Project Area: 61,445 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jim Brady Architectural Photography

The Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library at the University of California, Berkeley / Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

© Timothy Hursley

Designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, the environmentally sensitive Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library at University of California Berkeley helps alleviate the university’s growing pains since World War II. During the post World War II building boom on the University of California Berkeley campus, an “Arts Quadrangle” was established on a former playing field uphill from Hearst Gymnasium. Quickly, three sides were filled—a fine arts building to the south, an architecture building to the east, and two music buildings, one for classrooms and one a performance hall, to the north. To the west, the quad was left open to a view framed by Hearst Gymnasium and native vegetation to hints of the East Bay and sunsets beyond. Campus building did not stop, however, and the fourth side of the Arts Quadrangle was soon coveted as one of the last unbuilt sites on campus.

Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Location: Berkeley, ,
Project Team: Merrill Elam (Principal-in-Charge), Mack Scogin (Collaborating Principal), Lloyd Bray (Collaborating Principal), Brian Bell (Project Architect), Tim Harrison (Project Architect), John Trefry, Penn Ruderman, Kevin Gotsch, Juan Du, Ted Paxton, Barnum Tiller, Charlotte Henderson, David Yocum, Jennifer King, Margaret Fletcher, Helen Han
Associate Architect: Heery International, Inc.
MEP, Façade / Curtain Wall, and Lighting Engineer: Arup
Landscape Architect: PGAdesign inc.Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Civil Engineers: Brian Kangas Foulk
Slate Consultant: CF Slating
Shelving Consultant: Ross McDonald Company
Security / Telecommunications: TeeCom Design Group
Specifications: Marc Chavez
General Contractor: DPR Construction
Project Area: 28,775 sqf
Photographer: Timothy Hursley