MUL:7691 / VOID Inc.

© Imeh Akpanudosen

Architects: VOID Inc.
Location: Los Angeles, ,
Project Area: 5,800 sq ft
Photographs: Arshia Mahmoodi, Imeh Akpanudosen, Marc Angeles

Green Houses / Sander Architects

© Sharon Risedorph

Architects: Sander Architects
Location: , CA,  
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Sharon Risedorph

Cunjunctive Points: Eric Owen Moss’s Hayden Tract in Culver City

Samitaur Tower / © Courtesy of Eric Owen Moss Architects & Tom Bonner Photography

Taking place Saturday, August 18 from 10am-2pm, the Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter will explore the transformative power of architecture, art and design at ’s Hayden Tract, where award-winning architect Eric Owen Moss has been creating innovative structures for 25 years. In creating a vibrant community for creative workers in what was once a bleak industrial area, we begin to ask ourselves, ‘Can architecture be used as a catalyst for positive social change?’

The day includes a panel discussion featuring Frederick & Laurie Samitaur-Smith, the enlightened developers of “Conjunctive Points”; a self-conducted walking tour of over 20 buildings and art installations in the area; light refreshments at the Samitaur Tower; and closing remarks. For more information, please visit here.

AECOM to give LAX a facelift

TBIT Arrival Loop at Dusk – Courtesy of

The Los Angeles International Airport (), one of the world’s busiest airports, is undergoing a facelift. As part of a multi-phase project, AECOM is working with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to create a sensational experience for the 61 million passengers who travel in and out of LAX annually. The project aspires to unify the disparate components of the airport’s central terminal area (CTA) and insert grand gestures that provide architectural hierarchy — yielding LAX as exciting as the city in which it resides. Through an artful integration of lighting, graphics, and architecture, the design draws from key existing airport elements such as the 1960s architecture of the Theme Building and the 60-foot polychromatic light pylons that define the airport’s entry.

Sonos Studio / RA-DA

© Ralf Strathmann

Architect: RA-DA - Rania Alomar, AIA, RA, DA
Location: La Brea Art & Design District – , CA
Completed: May 2012
Building area: 4000 sq ft
Design Team: Rania Alomar – Design Lead; Jesse Madrid – Job Captain/Designer.
Client: Sonos
Contractor: Lemarc Builders, Ryan Dumoulin
MEP: Maftoon Inc.
Photographer: Ralf Strathmann

  

Master Plan for LA Union Station / Grimshaw + Gruen Associates

© Gary Leonard

The New York office of Grimshaw and LA based Gruen Associates were officially awarded the Union Station master plan last Thursday. The County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors, chaired by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, approved a nomination that sets in motion a two year master plan creation process to generate a new vision for Union Station, in conjunction with the general revitalization and growth of downtown as the city and metro look to the future. More architects’ description after the break.

KAA Design Group wins Best Adaptive Reuse for Latitude 33

Courtesy of KAA Design Group

Latitude 33, a luxurious collection of beach-side homes ranging from townhouses, penthouses, and single floor units, was partially designed from a forty year-old, nine-storey “eye sore for the neighborhood” that was once an office building. The mixed use development, designed by KAA Design Group, includes residential and commercial spaces in in Southern . The strategic decisions involved with designing these apartments from an early 197os office building earned Latitude 33 two Gold Nugget Merit Awards, one of which was for Best Adaptive Reuse.

Read on for more after the break.

Skid Row Housing Trust / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA]

© Lawrence Anderson

Architect: Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA]
Location: Los Angeles, , USA
Project Team: Lorcan O’Herlihy (Principal-in-Charge), Donnie Schmidt (Project Director), Alex Morassut (Project Manager)
Project Area: 4,100 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Lawrence Anderson

The Offices of Buck O’Neill Builders / Jones | Haydu

© Bruce Damonte

Architects: Jones | Haydu
Location: San Francisco, California,
Project Team: , Hulett Jones
Project Area: 1,200 sqft
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

Kentfield Hillside Residence / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

© David Wakely Photography

Architects: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects
Location: , , USA
Design Team: Eric Haesloop, Mary Griffin, Jule Tsai, Evan Markiewicz, John Kleman, Jerome Christensen, Mayumi Hara, Juliet Hsu, Tory Wolcott.
Interiors: TGH, Margaret Turnbull Simon
Structural: Fratessa Forbes Wong
Civil Engineer: Sherwood Engineers
Landscape: GLS Landscape Architecture, Rana Creek (living roof)
General Contractor: Redhorse Constructors
Size: 5,900 sqft
Completion: 2010
Photographs: David Wakely Photography

  

Grimshaw and Gruen win Union Station commission

/ Gruen Via The Source

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has selected L.A.’s Gruen Associates and London’s Grimshaw Architects to design the new master plan for Union Station in Los Angeles. The pair was awarded with the commission over some of the biggest names in the profession, such as Norman Foster and Renzo Piano (view the other five fantastical proposals here). They will transform the historic 1939 station and its surrounding 40 acres into a world-class, 21st century transportation hub that will host the future high-speed rail system that plans to connect L.A. and .

The master planning process could take as little as 24 months. No surprise, considering both Gruen and Grimshaw have a great amount of experience with transit related projects. Gruen recently worked with Metro on the first phase of the Expo Line, while Grimshaw has extensive resume in Europe and is involved with the forthcoming Fulton Street Transit Center in Lower Manhattan, which is planned for completion in 2014.

Video: Building the Golden Gate Bridge

Courtesy of the Prelinger Archives, this archival 1930s footage by Bethlehem Steel captures every phase of construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. The iconic, structure celebrated its 75th anniversary this year, as it opened May 27th, 1937. Including the approaches, the Golden Gate Bridge spans a remarkable length of 1.7 miles (8981ft or 2737m), making it the longest span in the world from its completion in 1937 until the Verrazano Narrows Bridge was built in New York in 1964. A unique aspect to the construction of the suspension bridge was the emphasis placed on safety. With the use of safety nets, hard hats and safety belts only eleven workers died during construction, which was a new safety record for the time.

Reference: Prelinger Archive and The Atlantic

Eels Nest / Anonymous Architects

© Steve King

Architects: Anonymous Architects – Simon Storey
Location: Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA,
Completion: March 2011
Building Area: 960 sqm
Contractor: Armex Construction, Los Angeles
Photographs: Steve King

‘Inside Out: 7 Architectural Thoughts’ Exhibition

Courtesy of © 2012 INSIDEOUT-7

Taking place June 8-28 at the Korean Cultural Center in , the ‘Inside Out: 7 Architectural Thoughts’ exhibition features seven progressive Korean architectural designers bringing up a challenging topic about ‘Koreaness’ to the Korean American community. With their cultural usages incongruent at times in multi-cultural communities of the United Sates, they are trying to make the cultural usages more suitable for current circumstances and create an indigenous cultural entity that is in harmony with diverse ethnic and cultural circumstances. Personally or communally driven, this effort has been performed not only by the Korean American community but also other ethnic groups. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Architecture at Zero 2012 Competition

Courtesy of AIA , PG&E, ZNE Pilot Program, and UC

Open to students and professionals worldwide in architecture, planning and urban design studios, the Architecture at Zero 2012 challenges participants to design a zero net energy (ZNE) student housing or administrative office building design for the University of California Merced in Merced, California. As part of the challenge, entrants will also be asked to create a diagrammatic district energy plan for the Bellevue Gateway development. Organized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Francisco chapter and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Pilot Program, in partnership with the University of California, Merced, this unique event explores the cutting edge of energy efficient design. The deadline for submissions is October 1. For more information, please visit here.

SCI-Arc’s Ball-Nogues Studio Installation + 2×8: Taut Exhibitions

Yevrus 1, Negative Impression / Courtesy of Ball-Nogues Studio

SCI-Arc will be presenting two main exhibitions this upcoming month. The Ball-Nogues Studio: Vevrus 1, Negative Impression exhibition starting June 1 until July 8 that will host Benjamin Ball, Gaston Nogues and Hsinming Fung to discuss the installation on Monday, June 25 at 7pm. The site specific installation is a disposable architecture of literal references that calls into question the contemporary architectural vogue for digital complexity and abstraction. The cast impressions of 1973 Volkswagen Beetles and speedboats unite to form a strong structural whole that serves as a lookout tower. Then, two projects by students will be featured this year at the AIA LA hosted 2×8 exhibition, opening June 5, 6-9pm at the A+D Museum in . Fore more information on the events, please visit here.

Carmel Residence / Dirk Denison Architects

© David Matheson

Architects: Dirk Denison Architects
Location: ,
Consultant: Building Engineering Systems
General Contractor: Thomas H. George Construction
Landscape: Blasen Landscape Architecture; Cypress Gardens
Consultant: Building Engineering Systems
Engineer: Endre Studio Structural
Photographs: David Matheson

   

Connect:Homes Offers Affordable, Modern, Sustainable Homes

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Jared Levy and Gordon Stott, formerly of Marmol Radziner Prefab, recently launched a new company that hopes to solve the endemic problem of prefab to date: price. They knew how to make beautiful, sustainable prefab. But now, with their patent-pending technology, which allows them to build modules to a whopping 95% complete at the factory, and ship them like shipping containers by rail, sea, or truck, Connect:Homes has figured out how to provide the same level of modern style at an all-inclusive price of $145/sf out of the factory. That’s all inclusive with no surprises. More images and architects’ description after the break.