House for Two Artists / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

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Designed by Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects, the House for Two Artists replaces a dilapidated shack that was on their secluded property.  The clients, a composer and a photographer, desired a home that could be a refuge drawing from and connected to the land. Their view of their role as custodians of this beautiful site bolstered their motivation to design and build as sustainability as possible – an objective shared by the architects as well. The surrounding vistas consist of rolling hills with dense covers of various species of native trees. This context in concert with the owners’ and designers’ principles of environmental stewardship, were the guiding inspirations for the placement, form, and materials of the house.

Architects: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
Location: , California, USA
General Contractor: Sawyer Construction
Structural: Greg P. Luth & Associates, Inc.
Project Area: 1,660 sqf
Project Year: 2004-2007
Photographs: Mark Citret Photography

Lecture: Bjarke Ingels at NSAD

Bjarke Ingels, award winning Danish architect and author and recently winner of our Building of the Year Award in the Cultural category, will deliver a lecture to NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) students on his architecture and how the evolution of political, economic, and social issues in today’s society is manifested in architecture designs.

The insightful and at times humorous presentation, “YES is More”, will highlight the evening presentation, Friday, February 25 at 6 p.m. at the Museum of Natural History in Balboa Park. For more information on this lecture, please click here.

Ford Assembly Building / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

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This 525,000 sqf multi-million waterfront project rejuvenated the formerly abandoned and dilapidated Ford Assembly Building originally designed by Albert Kahn for Henry Ford.  A 2011 AIA Honor Award winner, the historical factory was transformed into a vibrant center of 21st Century building uses, including entertainment, dining, office, and a visitor center. Today it has a lively mix of public/private uses and accommodates a range of commercial tenants with offices, Research & Development facilities, light industrial, retail functions, and the NPS Visitor Center celebrating WWII’s “Rosie the Riveter”. The project also incorporates significant sustainability features.

Architects: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
Location: , California, USA
Project Team: Marcy Wong (partner), Donn Logan (partner), Kent Royle (project manager)
Preservation Architect: Preservation Architecture
General Contractor: Dalzell Corporation
Interiors: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
Landscape: SWA Group
Structural: The Crosby Group
Mechanical: Mechanical Design Studio, Inc.
Plumbing: Mechanical Design Studio, Inc.
Lighting: Architecture + Light
Acoustics: Charles M. Salter Associates
Project Area: 525,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Billy Hustace Photography, Alex Vertikoff Photography, Charles C. Benton, Steve Proehl Aerial Photography, Anna Finke

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

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The Freight & Salvage (whose non-profit organization is incorporated as the Berkeley 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, , USA
General Contractor: Oliver & Company, Inc.
Project/Construction Manager: Terrasset Management Group, LLC
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 , , 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 Diller Scofidio + Renfro 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: Richmond, ,
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: , , USA
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: , 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 Yountville, , 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 and located in San Francisco.  Follow the break for more photographs and drawings of the Xiao-Yen’s House.

Architect: Craig Steely Architecture
Location: San Francisco, , 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 , which are all stored here.

Architects: Lehrer Architects
Location: , 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 concrete 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 California native grasses.

Architect: Craig Steely Architecture
Location: , 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, California,
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 Malibu 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, , USA
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 California.  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,
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!