AD Classics: Nomadic Museum / Shigeru Ban Architects

08:00 - 3 January, 2016
Nomadic Museum, Santa Monica. Image © flickr user paolomazzoleni, licensed under CC BY 2.0
Nomadic Museum, Santa Monica. Image © flickr user paolomazzoleni, licensed under CC BY 2.0

Shigeru Ban, the 2014 Pritzker Prize winner, is an architect often celebrated for his humanitarian and disaster relief structures, constructed out of recycled or recyclable materials. On the other end of spectrum, he is well-known for his meticulously constructed residential and museum projects, more often than not for high-end wealthy clients. The Nomadic Museum, however, combines both of these facets of his practice, using shipping containers and paper tubes to craft a bespoke mobile gallery for Gregory Colbert’s traveling exhibition of photography entitled Ashes and Snow.

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Princeton St. Bungalow / Ruben S. Ojeda Architects + Koning Eizenberg Architecture

14:00 - 14 April, 2015
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Holleb Residence / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

14:00 - 20 March, 2015
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Ehrlich Retreat + / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

01:00 - 6 November, 2014
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2802 Pico Housing / Moore Ruble Yudell

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
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City of Santa Monica Parking Structure #6 / Behnisch Architekten + Studio Jantzen

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
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Broadway Housing / Kevin Daly Architects

01:00 - 7 May, 2014
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Pico Place / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
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OMA's Santa Monica Scheme Re-evaluated

00:00 - 8 September, 2013
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In July the Office for Metropolitan Architecture's (OMA) competition proposal for a mixed-use development in the heart of downtown Santa Monica was recommended by City Council members after they "seemed genuinely wowed by OMA's theatrically-terraced design." City officials have since voted to re-evaluate the recommendation over concerns of a lack of affordable housing in the development, as well as issues "related to design [and] economics." They have also invited Related California, a team comprising of BIG, Koning Eizenberg Architecture, and Rios Clementi Hale Studios, to revise its original proposal that was shortlisted in March of this year.

OMA's Competition Proposal Selected in Santa Monica

00:00 - 23 July, 2013
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Santa Monica’s City Staff has recommended OMA’s competition proposal for a mixed-use development in the heart of downtown Santa Monica. The building and surrounding plaza incorporates a civic plaza, cultural venue, retail, residences, offices and a boutique hotel. The City Staff selection panel praised OMA’s project for its iconic architecture and flexibility, saying it would “easily accommodate potential design modifications and adjust to market demand changes in the future.” Santa Monica’s City Council will review the recommendation on August 27th before the project formally proceeds in 2014.

The proposal’s plazas and terraces will add over 55,000 square feet of programmable open space. A cultural venue will sit inside of the building, anchored by office spaces for Santa Monica and greater Los Angeles’ growing tech industry. The project will be led by OMA’s New York office, headed by Shohei Shigematsu. He explained, “Our design provides residents, tourists, and entrepreneurs a dynamic new public realm – a stepped building that achieves a strong interaction between interior program and exterior environments.”

More images and information after the break…

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UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Oncology Center / Michael W. Folonis Architects

01:00 - 18 June, 2013
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Santa Monica Animation Studio / Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

01:00 - 2 April, 2013
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Gehry Designs Mixed-Use Tower for Downtown Santa Monica

00:00 - 4 March, 2013
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Developers M. David Paul Associates and the Worthe Real Estate Group have commissioned Frank Gehry to design a mixed-use hotel and residential tower in his hometown of Santa Monica, California. The 22-story “Ocean Avenue Project” aims to stimulate the coastal city’s economy with street-level restaurant and retail space below a 125-room hotel and 22-unit condominium tower topped with a rooftop observation deck. As for accommodating the car-centric lifestyle of the West Coast, resident and visitor parking will be available in a three-story subterranean garage beneath the tower. In addition, the developers plan to integrate a 36,000 square foot museum campus that will add a cultural perk to the development just North of its two-acre site. 

Although this project looks promising, the 244-foot, Gehry-esque tower is currently pending approval from the City. A vote by the end of March will decide its fate.

More images of the “Ocean Avenue Project” after the break...

Santa Monica Residence / Jendretzki

01:00 - 7 November, 2012
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Video: Gehry Residence, 2012 AIA Twenty-five Year Award Recipient

13:00 - 25 May, 2012

The AIA sat down with famed architect Frank Gehry - recipient of the 2012 Twenty-five Year Award - to discuss his eccentric Santa Monica home that has enormously influenced both theory and practice over the last 25 to 35 years. In the late 1970s, Frank Gehry transformed an existing Dutch colonial home in a quiet Southern California neighborhood into a controversial symbol of deconstructivism by surrounding it with an unconventional new addition. As the AIA describes, “The exposed structure, chaotic fusion of disparate materials, and aggressive juxtaposition of old and new communicate a sense of real-time formal evolution and conflict, as if the building were dynamically, violently creating itself with found objects.”

Reactor Films / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

01:00 - 11 May, 2012
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  • Architects

  • Location

    1330 4th Street, Santa Monica, California, USA
  • Principal In Charge

    Lawrence Scarpa
  • Design Team

    Angela Brooks, Jackson Butler, Adam Davis, Mike Ferguson, John Jennings, Gwynne Pugh, Lawrence Scarpa
  • Furniture And Fixture Design

    Mike Ferguson; John Jennings; Lawrence Scarpa (with Dave Scott)
  • Steel And Furniture Fabrication

    Dave Scott of DESU
  • Construction Team

    Brian Crommie and Tom Hinerfeld of BT Builders
  • Client/Owner

    Stoney Road Productions and Reactor Films
  • Costs

    $35.000 ($50.00/sq. ft.) includes building shell upgrades
  • Area

    7000.0 ft2
  • Photographs

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Rainbow Living / Minarc

01:00 - 13 March, 2012
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Santa Monica Parking Garage / Brooks & Scarpa

01:00 - 23 January, 2012
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  • Architects

  • Location

    1411 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
  • Architect Of Record

    Taylor Fierce Orne Architects
  • Project Team

    Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA – Principal-in-Charge, Angela Brooks, AIA, Omar Barcena, Mark Buckland, Brad Buter, Silke Clemens, Stephanie Ericson, AIA, Jordon Gearhart, Chris Ghatak, Luis Gomez, Emily Hodgdon, Ching Luk, Matt Majack, Gwynne Pugh, Sri Sumantri
  • Client/Owner

    Tina Rodriguez, Project Manager - tina.rodriguez@smgov.net
  • Area

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  • Project Year

    0
  • Photographs

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