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

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Holleb Residence / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

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Ehrlich Retreat + / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

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2802 Pico Housing / Moore Ruble Yudell

  • Architects: Moore Ruble Yudell
  • Location: 2802 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA
  • Area: 42263.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: John Linden

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City of Santa Monica Parking Structure #6 / Behnisch Architekten + Studio Jantzen

  • Architects: Behnisch Architekten, Studio Jantzen
  • Location: 1431 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
  • Architects In Charge: Behnisch Architekten, Studio Jantzen, IPD International Parking Design
  • Area: 2250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: David Matthiessen

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OMA's Santa Monica Scheme Re-evaluated

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

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

© Tom Bonner
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  • Architects: Michael W. Folonis Architects
  • Location: 1223 16th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA
  • Project Architect: Rudy Gonzalez
  • Design Team: James Kersten, Tommy Johnson
  • Area: 50000.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Tom Bonner

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Santa Monica Animation Studio / Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

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Courtesy of Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

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Santa Monica Shortlists Three Teams for Mixed-Use Development

Project Site via BING and Architects' Newspaper
Project Site via BING and Architects' Newspaper

Gehry’s chiseled, 244 foot tower is not the only mixed-use proposal currently being considered by the city of Santa Monica, as officials have selected three international teams led by prominent architects to submit proposals for a “significant” and “signature” development on a 2.5 acre site downtown. Located on Arizona Avenue between 4th and 5th streets, the parcel is currently occupied by a parking lot and two banks. Although the city did not specify a size constraint, the proposed designs will be expected to fit within the surrounding context and include an appropriate mix of of retail, office, hotel and residential space. The following teams have been asked to submit proposals in May:

Gehry Designs Mixed-Use Tower for Downtown Santa Monica

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

  • Architects: Jendretzki
  • Location: Santa Monica, California, USA
  • Client: Withheld
  • Area: 12000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Alejandro Wirth

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Video: Gehry Residence, 2012 AIA Twenty-five Year Award Recipient

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.”Towards the end of the video, Gehry advises students to “learn to be yourself and be curious about what is going on around you and respond to it.”Learn more about the Gehry Residence here on ArchDaily!via AIA National

Reactor Films / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

  • Architects: Brooks + Scarpa 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: Marvin Rand

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Information Technology and Media Center / Morris Architects

Courtesy of Morris Architects
Courtesy of Morris Architects

The project by Morris Architects for a new information technology and media center for Santa Monica Community College in California includes 12,000 square feet of new space and approximately 6,000 square feet of renovation to the existing campus library. The college currently has an enrollment of 30,000 students and is experiencing rapid growth that requires a major upgrade to its current information technology department and computing infrastructure. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Rainbow Living / Minarc

  • Architects: Minarc
  • Location: Santa Monica, California, USA
  • Cost: $250 per sqft
  • Area: 4200.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Minarc

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