Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

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The Freight & Salvage (whose non-profit organization is incorporated as the Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music) has long been the most venerable institution dedicated to presenting the best in folk and traditional music west of the Mississippi. It was vital to the client that the new venue be designed to continue evoking the vibe of the Freight as an intimate folk music venue despite the introduction of cutting-edge technology and increased auditorium capacity.

It was also essential that the facility be environmentally sustainable. In these two goals, the architect’s use of salvaged wood in the design wood (harvested from a deconstructed pair of auto repair garages that originally occupied the site) was crucial to achieving an image that fit with the historical and cultural flavor of Freight & Salvage from its roots in the late sixties, in its two previous venues.

Architects: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
Location: Berkeley, California,
General Contractor: Oliver & Company, Inc.
Project/Construction Manager: Terrasset Management Group, LLC
Interiors: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
Landscape (green roof): Design Ecology
Civil Engineer: Keir and Wright Civil Engineers & Surveyors, Inc.
Structural: Structural Engineers Incorporated
Mechanical: CAL-AIR (Johnson Controls)
Electrical: Silverman & Light
Theatrical Consultant: The Shalleck Collaborative
Acoustics: Charles M Salter Associates Inc.
Audio Visual: The Shalleck Collaborative
Project Area: 18,000 sqf
Project Year: 2006-2009
Photographs: Billy Hustace Photography, Sharon Risedorph Photography, Hali McGrath Music Photography, Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

BOOM Community


Headed for Palm Springs, , BOOM Community is a new master-planned community costing $250 million and will provide an exciting new design for the desert that surrounds it.  Collaborating to create this pedestrian friendly, neighborhood development are ten architecture firms, including of New York.  Envisioned for the gay community BOOM aims to provide an urban lifestyle promoting healthy living.  Included within the masterplan: a boutique hotel, gym and spa, BOOM health and wellness center, and entertainment complex.

SunPower Corporation Offices / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

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The design strategy for this office headquarters project for a solar power company in an historic Ford auto factory grew out of the multiple objectives of the client and architect: aesthetics, function, and sustainability.  Since the company is a leading developer and manufacturer of solar power technology all aspects of the project needed to reflect the company’s culture and commitment to sustainability.  More photographs and drawings following the break.


Architects: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
Location: , , USA
Project Team: Marcy Wong (partner), Donn Logan (partner), Cari Rosner Jelen (project manager)
Renderings and Model Construction: Justin Tang
Developer: Eddie Orton
Landscape: SWA Group
Structural: The Crosby Group, Gregory P. Luth & Associates Mechanical: Mechanical Design Studio, Inc.
Custom Tables: Swerve
Plumbing: Mechanical Design Studio, Inc.
Lighting: Architecture + Light
Acoustics: Charles M. Salter Associates
Preservation Architects: Preservation Architecture
General Contractor: Dalzell Corporation
Project/Construction Manager: Cressa Partners
Client: Tom Dinwoodie
Project Area: 200,000 sqf
Project Year: 2003-2009
Photographs: Billy Hustace Photography

Eleanor Roosevelt College / Safdie Rabines Architects and Moshe Safdie & Associates

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The Eleanor Roosevelt College, an undergraduate campus at University of California San Diego, creates a home for a college which had previously been spread throughout the campus, lacking a cohesive unity. Located on eleven acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Salk Institute, the site drops over seventy feet to the west, ending at a busy boulevard, North Torrey Pines Road. The site is bound on the east by Ridge Walk, one of the University’s primary pedestrian thoroughfares, while Scholars Drive, a primary bus route, cuts the site in two. Shielding the campus from the traffic to the west, connecting to Ridge Walk on the east and overcoming the division caused by Scholars Drive were among the primary planning concerns.

Architects: Safdie Rabines Architects and Moshe Safdie & Associates
Location: La Jolla, ,
Structural Engineer: Nabih Youssef Associates
Civil Engineer: Flores Lund Consultants
Landscape: Wallace Roberts & Todd
Lighting: Robert Morrow
Project Area: 450,000 sqf
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

Napa River House / Craig Steely Architecture

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Taking the existing site conditions into consideration, the architects chose to avoid disturbing both the stone pathways and root structure of the mature oak trees by using a single footing and tube frame system.  The structural system, originally inspired by a chairlift tower, provides the opportunity for the main living area of the house to float out into the existing oak canopy.

Architects: Craig Steely Architecture
Location: Napa, California,
Principal Designer: Craig Steely
Project Team: Luigi Silverman, Seth Pare-Mayer, Chris Talbot
Project Area: 2,382 sqf interior, 1,097 sqf exterior
Photographs: Courtesy of Craig Steely Architecture

Yountville Town Center / Siegel + Strain Architects

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For decades, the residents of , California, a rural town in Napa County, relied on a small 1920s-era community hall and a hodgepodge of spaces rented from others to host community events. The hall was in need of renovation, ill-equipped to support art classes, and lacking in outdoor recreation spaces. In addition, the town had outgrown its library. In 1998, after surveying residents’ needs, the municipality embarked on a planning process for an expanded town center at the heart of town.

The Yountville Town Center weaves new and existing buildings and outdoor rooms into a place designed to enrich community life. Located on a 2.5-acre site on Yountville’s main street, the town center consists of a new 10,000-square-foot community center, the renovated 4,800-square-foot community hall, and the addition of a sheriff’s substation to the adjacent post office. The new community center houses a branch library, multipurpose room, teen center, and meeting and program spaces. It opens onto a new town square framed by the existing community hall and the post office.

Architects: Siegel + Strain Architects
Location: Yountville, California, USA
Civil Engineer: Coastland Engineering
MEPFP and Energy Consultant: Timmons Design Engineers
Structural: EndresWare
Landscape: John Northmore Roberts
Lighting Designer: Alice Prussin Lighting Design
Geotechnical Engineer: Miller Pacific Engineering Group
Rehbein Environmental Solutions: Glenn Rehbein Companies
Photographs: David Wakely Photography

Pasadena Water and Power / Gonzalez Goodale Architects

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Situated within the Water and Power’s corporate yard, the new facility reprises the historic existing 1930′s brick and concrete warehouse in volume and vertical rhythms, but with an entirely contemporary architectural identity, and a progressive agenda of project goals.

Architects: Gonzalez Goodale Architects
Location: Pasadena, California, USA
Principal in Charge: Armando L. Gonzalez, FAIA
Design Principal: David L. Goodale, AIA, LEED AP
Project Manager/Architect: Dennis Smith, AIA
Interiors: Gerda Buss
Sustainability Coordinator: Alison Spicer, LEED AP
Project Assistant: Hannah Trimbath
Contractor: Morillo Construction
Structural: Brandow & Johnston
MEP: TMAD Taylor & Gaines
Civil: JMC2
Landscape Architect: Yael Lir Landscape Architects
Project Area: 31,400 sqf
Photographs: Heliophoto

Xiao-Yen’s House / Craig Steely Architecture

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The extensive renovation of this house began by tearing away the layers of substandard remodeling that had accrued over the past 100 years.  The home was designed by Craig Steely Architecture and located in .  Follow the break for more photographs and drawings of the Xiao-Yen’s House.

Architect: Craig Steely Architecture
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Structural Engineer: Val Rabichev
Contractor: Structura
Project Area: 1,500 sqf (Lower Apartment Area), 2,000 sqf (Upper Apartment Area)
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

Registrar-Recorder, County Clerk Elections Operations Center / Lehrer Architects

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Lehrer Architects were challenged to create an efficient, yet pleasant, space for those employed in the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Elections Operations Center. More-efficient storage space was also needed to house more than 1,200 pallets containing voting material and 5,000 new ballot reading and voter accessibility devices. Space was also allocated for the tax, birth, marriage, property, and death records for the County of Los Angeles, which are all stored here.

Architects: Lehrer Architects
Location: Santa Fe Springs, California, USA
Principal-in-Charge: Michael B. Lehrer FAIA
Project Manager: Travis Frankel
Project Team: Steve Deyer AIA, Yuri Osipov, Nerin Kadribegovic
Interior designer: Lehrer Architects
MEP Engineer: Airplus Engineering Consultants
Mechanical Engineer: Vector Delta Design Group
Structural Engineer: John Labib + Associates
Cost Estimators: Cumming Corporation
Fire Protection: Hughes Associates
Specifications: ANC/CSI
Environmental Graphics/Color: Lehrer Architects
General contractor: MTM Construction
Artist: Rebeca Mendez
Client: County of Los Angeles, Community Development Commission
Project Area: 110,000 sqf (existing single story tiltup warehouse)
Photographs: Courtesy of Lehrer Architects

SOUPERgreen Exhibition

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A+D, The Architecture and Design Museum of , presents Souper Green, an exhibition of new architectural work that offers a compelling alternative to the conventional idea of “being green” starting February 12th from 6pm-9pm to April 14th.

Highlighting the fact that technology is a key factor in the environmental crisis—to some a main cause, to others the best answer—this work questions the corresponding ways “green technology” is normally cast as a form of penance, and asked to “solve the problem” (as in “please-make-it-go-away-I-don’t-want-to-hear-about-it”). Instead, these five projects promote an attitude that looks at technology as a uniquely human means of expression, through which the “natural”—in its broadest sense—can be engaged and made more visible. More event description after the break.

Beaver Street Reprise / Craig Steely Architecture

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This conceptually modern house fits contextually into its Victorian neighborhood, taking its cue from the “house above the shop” urban archetype that has existed for centuries. The first floor of the upper unit functions as an office, while on the second floor a split-level living room and kitchen open onto a deck with a small sod roof of native grasses.

Architect: Craig Steely Architecture
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Project Area: 1,500 sqf interior, 500 sqf exterior
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Rien Van Rijthoven

Lehrer Architects LA / Lehrer Architects

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Lehrer Architects purchased this 50 year old building in the Silverlake area of for a new work space. The once dingy and crowded 5,400 square foot warehouse was transformed into a working space of light, air, and transparency. More photographs and drawings following the break.

Architects: Lehrer Architects
Location: Los Angeles, , USA
Design Principal: Michael Lehrer, FAIA
Project Designer/Construction Manager: Nerin Kadribegovic, Assoc. AIA
Project Architect: Robin Sakahara, AIA
Designer: Erik Alden
Designer: Steve Deyer, AIA
Interior designer: Lehrer Architects
Structural engineer: John Labib + Associates
General Contractor: Lehrer Architects
Lighting Designer: Fox + Fox Design
Landscape Aarchitect: Mia Lehrer + Associates
Client: Lehrer Architects LA
Project Area: 5,400 sqf
Photographers: Benny Chan/Fotoworks

Shalom Institute Dining Hall / Lehrer Architects

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This project is about using extremely succinct moves to radically transform and ennoble an undistinguished old building, making it into a high-performing centerpiece of a precious 180 acre camp landscape in the hills.  This run-down building has served thousands of campers over its 55 year history. It has been closed off from its context, effectively disconnecting itself from the outdoors for over half a century. With a limited budget and the virtual certainty of triggering significant environmental regulations with new construction, it was decided to try to save this underperforming, unremarkable building.

Architects: Lehrer Architects
Location: Malibu, California,
General Contractor: Lanet-Shaw Construction
Lighting Designer: John Brubaker Lighting
Structural Engineer: John Labib & Associates
MEP Engineer: Davidovich & Associates
Geotechnical Engineer: Geocon
Owner: Shalom Institute
Photographs: Courtesy of Lehrer Architects

Water + Life Museums and Campus / Lehrer Architects and Gangi Architects

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The Water + Life Museums and Campus celebrate the infrastructure of water and its central role in the evolution of life and development in .  The first Museums in the world, the design aims to place beauty and sustainability — an inseparable couplet — at the center of its agenda as an environmental showcase.   The 15 acre campus houses two museums, Water – The Center for Water Education and Life – The Western Center for Archaeology & Paleontology.

Architects: Lehrer Architects and Gangi Architects
Location: Hemet, California, USA
LEED Consultant: Zinner Consultants
MEP Engineer: IBE Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineer: Nabih Youseff & Associates
Civil Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Landscape Architect: Mia Lehrer + Associates
Solar Power Consultant: Vector Delta Design Group
Lighting: Prudential Lighting
Contractor: Lehrer, Gangi Architects
Owners: Metropolitan Water District, Western Center for Archaeology & Paleontology
Project Area: 70,000 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Fotoworks, Michael Lehrer

Architecture City Guide: Los Angeles

The Architecture City Guide series heads to the West Coast this week.   area is huge and it was nearly impossible to narrow down 12 buildings for this weeks list.  Here’s what we suggest visiting if you are in LA, but we want to know what additional buildings you think we should add to our list!  Visit the comment section and provide your can’t miss buildings in LA.

The Architecture City Guide: Los Angeles list and corresponding map after the break!

AD Classics: Lovell House / Richard Neutra

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The 20th Century was one of the most inspiring and progressive centuries for the discipline of architecture; was one such contributor that has left his mark on modern architecture with his advancement of residential design.  Prior to the Kaufmann House, Neutra design the Lovell House for Philip Lovell and his family in , California between 1927-1929.  The Lovell House was the turning point in Neutra’s career, putting him on the architectural radar.

More on the Lovell House after the break.

Dry Creek Outbuildings / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

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These simply organized structures, a cottage and office, replace preexisting buildings that were inefficient, structurally compromised and in serious disrepair. Rebuilding within the footprints of the former structures allowed for the introduction of a clear relationship between the buildings and better response to the site. While architecturally similar, the two new buildings are programmatically diverse with the cottage housing the living elements of the program, and the office hosting the working component.

This project received a 2010 Design Award, Custom Residences Category AIA Housing Award, a 2010 Green GOOD DESIGN The European Center for Architecture and The Chicago Athenaeum, a 2009 Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture AIA San Francisco. More photographs and drawings of Dry Creek Outbuildings following the break.

Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Location: Woodside, ,
Structural Engineering: Umerani Associates
MEP Engineering: C&B Engineers
Civil Engineering: Lea and Braze Engineering, Inc.
Landscape Architects: Patrick Brennan
Lighting Design: David Wilds Patton, Isometrix
Geotechnical Engineering: Murray Engineers
Acoustic Enginnering: Charles M. Salter Associates Inc.
Contractor: Van Acker Construction, Louis Ptak Construction, Inc.
Client Representative: The Rockridge Group, Ken Morrison
Project Area: 600 sqf Guest House, 550 sqf Caretake Cottage, 370 sqf Caretaker Office
Photographs: Nic Lehoux

Stay Down Champion, Stay Down / SPORTS

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The design collaborative, SPORTS, has sent us their most recent project, a gallery installation in , California. A description of the project and additional images are after the break.