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AD Interviews: Alexis Rocha, I/O Platform

18:30 - 24 September, 2009

At the beginning of the summer we visited SYNTHe, a urban rooftop garden designed and built by professor Alexis Rocha (I/O Platform founder) with SCI-Arc students.

The SYNTHe project is a 3,000sqf structure located on the top of The Flat, a mid rise residential building in downtown Los Angeles, and its the first green garden approved by city official. The idea of this “green blanket” over at the top of the building is to reduce the building heat gain, reduce storm water waste (80% is captured and used for irrigation) and to establish a sustainable plant ecosystem that collaborated with air pollutants filtering. It also reclaims the rooftop area from HVAC, ventilation and fire control systems, giving a new terrace for the users of the building.

Inside this blanket, 1,500sqf are dedicated to the production of edible plant species, and we had the chance to taste them at the restaurant during lunch, very good. The species planted include:

The Hollywood / Kanner Architects

00:00 - 24 September, 2009
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Category

  • Project Architect

    Stephen H. Kanner
  • Project Team

    Jay Fukuzawa, Greg Larusso
  • Structural Engineers

    Nabih Youseff
  • Client

    Metro Modern Developers
  • Contractor

    HyMax Construction
  • Area

    13935.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Donghia Designer-In Residence Lecture: Lewis Tsurumaki Lewis

12:30 - 20 September, 2009

Architecture/Landscape/Interiors presents the 2009 Donghia Designer-in-Residence Lecture by David J. Lewis and Marc Tsurumaki, Principals of Lewis Tsurumaki Lewis (LTL). LTL is an innovative, award-winning architecture partnership founded in 1997 by Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki and David J. Lewis, located in New York City.

Linda Rosa Duplex / Martin Fenlon

00:00 - 12 September, 2009
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Category

  • Architect

    Martin Fenlon Architecture
  • Client

    Michele & Wiley Langford
  • Contractor

    Pieter Rousseau
  • Area

    912.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009

Brooks Avenue House / Bricault design

00:00 - 18 August, 2009
Brooks Avenue House / Bricault design

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Category

  • Structure

    Steel and Wood
  • Electricity

    Grid-tied solar
  • Insulation

    Icynene spray foam insulation, recycled cotton fibre battens
  • Constructed Area

    352.5 sqm
  • Area

    490.5 m2
  • Project Year

    2009

Alan Voo House / Neil M. Denari Architects

00:00 - 3 August, 2009
Alan Voo House / Neil M. Denari Architects

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Category

  • Project Team

    Neil Denari and Duks Koschitz with Joe Willendra
  • Program

    2,000 sf conversion of residence
  • Client

    Eric Alan and Rhonda Voo
  • Budget

    US $700,000
  • Project Year

    2007

Orange Office / Sander Architects

00:00 - 10 July, 2009
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Hidden House / Standard

00:00 - 8 July, 2009
Hidden House / Standard

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Category

  • Project Team

    Jeffrey Allsbrook, Yoshihiro Miura, Monica Oller, Sylwia Pasciak
  • Area

    325.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009

Sapphire Gallery / XTEN Architecture

13:00 - 5 June, 2009

Our friends from XTEN Architecture just sent us one of their latest projects. The Saphire Gallery is a residential gallery addition to a private residente in Los Angeles, California. It is designed to display a private collection of contemporary art while also providing for a home office with views to the sorrounding hills.

More images and architect’s description, after the break.

Museum of Tolerance / Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign

00:00 - 31 May, 2009
Museum of Tolerance / Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign

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  • Architects

    Yazdani Studio
  • Location

    Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Category

  • Exhibit Designer

    Houghton Kneale Design and Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
  • Project Team

    Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design - team includes: Mehrdad Yazdani, Design Principal; Scott F. Reed, AIA, LEED AP, Project Principal; Paul Gonzales, Project Manager; John Gormley, Project Manager (conceptual design); Hansol Park, AIA, Senior Designer; Jessica Yi, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP Project Architect; Philip Ra; Senior Designer (Phase II only); Jeremy Whitener, Project Designer; Jack Poulin, IIDA, Interior FFE; Mimi Lam, LEED AP, Designer; Josh Moratto, Designer; Sepideh Nabavi, Designer

Multi-media Tower / Eric Owen Moss Architects

21:40 - 29 May, 2009

Eric Owen Moss Architects designed a multi-media tower which will sit at the primary entrance of the re-developed zone in Culver City, California. The objective of the tower is to distribute art and other relevant content to the local and in-transit audiences passing by the site.

Further project description and more images after the break.

NBBJ presents design for UCLA's Pauley Pavilion

12:00 - 22 May, 2009
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NBBJ just revealed their latest design for UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, slated to begin February 2010 and be completed just in time for the 2012-2013 basketball season. Upon UCLA’s decision to renovate the existing Pavilion due to its strong sentimental value, NBBJ’s design includes new lobby and concourse space, as well as new facilities for the athletes and additional seating for fans.

Project description and more images after the break.

Tree house / Standard

00:00 - 10 May, 2009
Tree house / Standard

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Category

  • Area

    167.0 m2

Vertical House / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

00:00 - 6 May, 2009
Vertical House / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

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  • Architects

    LOHA Architects
  • Location

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Category

  • Principal In Charge

    Lorcan O’Herlihy
  • Project Team

    David Thompson, Kevin Tsai
  • Client

    Lorcan O'Herlihy & Cornelia Hayes O'Herlihy
  • Area

    223.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2004

AD Interviews: Lorcan O'Herlihy

14:00 - 27 April, 2009

A few weeks ago we had the chance to visit L.O.H.A. and interview Lorcan O’Herlihy in Los Angeles.

Glass Tower / Eric Owen Moss

12:30 - 25 April, 2009

The glass tower by Eric Owen Moss Architects is encouraging the re-development of South Central Los Angeles with this project. The building has been in planning since the nineties but was stalled for some years until it was re-designed in 2006 as a single tower.

A rail line installed nearby spurred the redesign. The structure is part of the redevelopment of South Central LA, an area plagued with poverty and violence for many years. The project was originally conceived of with a structural strategy, consisting of curvilinear ribbons wrapping two main volumes.

The new design remains very similar with the same ribbon theme, but as a single volume. as the area’s only high-rise, office tenants will enjoy wide, open views of the city. a train stop sits directly outside the building, but car parking was also a main concern for the architects. The aforementioned ribbon scheme provides the building’s structure, making each floor completely open. The ribbons are made from steel tubes filled with concrete. Each floor was the same flexible plan but comes in three distinct heights of 13, 16 and 24 feet, to offer further flexibility.

Seen at designboom. More images after the break.

A New Infrastructure, Los Angeles

07:30 - 17 April, 2009

Los Angeles is often portrayed as the example of the car-friendly city. The traditional image of the town is an endless pattern of single family dwellings, interconnected by traffic-clogged freeways, where transit is undeveloped and the air is choked with smog.

However, Los Angeles is changing. The city’s Transport Authority has planned in the last years a series of measures aiming to improve quality of life through improving transit and walking and providing alternative to car commuting.

MYhistoricLA - Preserving Los Angeles

21:00 - 3 April, 2009

What’s Your HistoricLA? Do you know a special story about a local building or the neighborhood you live in? Come join like-minded amateur historians and Los Angeles aficionados for the public kickoff of SurveyLA, Los Angeles’ first-ever citywide survey of its historic resources. A full day of activities will include opportunities to share your knowledge on L.A.‘s hidden gems, screenings of the SurveyLA video, and a panel discussion moderated by Larry Mantle, host of KPCC’s Air Talk.