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Orange Trees Provide the Inspiration Behind the Upcoming $500 Million Performing Arts Campus in Anaheim

08:00 - 19 February, 2018
Orange Trees Provide the Inspiration Behind the Upcoming $500 Million Performing Arts Campus in Anaheim, Courtesy of SPF:a
Courtesy of SPF:a

SPF:a has revealed their design for the new Anaheim Performing Arts Center (APAC) to be located adjacent to Angels Stadium in Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle District. The $500 million, 500,000-square-foot cultural campus will contain three theaters and a range of culture and entertainment program elements, housed within striking buildings inspired by the orange tree.

Courtesy of SPF:a Courtesy of SPF:a Courtesy of SPF:a Courtesy of SPF:a + 17

Employees Keep Walking into the Glass Walls at Apple's New Campus

12:00 - 16 February, 2018
Employees Keep Walking into the Glass Walls at Apple's New Campus, A shot of the Apple Park Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
A shot of the Apple Park Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Apple’s unwavering love for glass and seamless edges is one of the reasons designers flock in masses to purchase their products. But that aesthetic has caused a bit of a snafu at the company’s new Foster+Partners-designed headquarters in Cupertino, where employees are running into the highly transparent glass walls at an alarming rate.

The State of California is (Finally) Forcing Through Affordable Housing Laws, Overruling Municipal NIMBYism

09:30 - 11 February, 2018
The State of California is (Finally) Forcing Through Affordable Housing Laws, Overruling Municipal NIMBYism, © Kimson Doan
© Kimson Doan

This article was originally published by The Architect's Newspaper as "A wave of affordable and market-rate housing could soon wash ashore in California."

In recent months, legislators in California have begun a concerted effort to use state law to address the state’s ongoing housing crisis. The moves come amid worsening regional inequality that has pushed housing affordability outside the reach of many populations. Facing mounting pressure from a growing cohort of pro-housing YIMBY activists and increasingly grim economic and social impacts—including a sharp increase in the number of rent-burdened households and the number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness—state-level legislators have begun to take action where municipal leaders have thus far stopped short.

P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S Transforms Warehouse into Dynamic Medical Facility

06:00 - 9 February, 2018
P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S Transforms Warehouse into Dynamic Medical Facility, Courtesy of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S
Courtesy of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S

An adaptive reuse project by P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S is currently under construction in North Hollywood, California. The project transforms an existing warehouse into a dynamic medical campus with Urgent Care, Elderly Daycare, Surgical Centre, Physical Therapy, Imaging Centre, Medical offices, café and a small shop.

Courtesy of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S Courtesy of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S Courtesy of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S Courtesy of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S + 14

New Renderings Show off Gehry's Grand Avenue Development as Project Gets Official Start Date

14:00 - 24 January, 2018
New Renderings Show off Gehry's Grand Avenue Development as Project Gets Official Start Date, Courtesy of Related / Gehry Partners
Courtesy of Related / Gehry Partners

New renderings have been revealed of Gehry PartnersGrand Avenue Project as construction is finally set to begin this fall. Located across from Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, the development now known as The Grand will offer up retail, entertainment and residences within two blocky, terracing towers.

Courtesy of Related / Gehry Partners Courtesy of Related / Gehry Partners Courtesy of Related / Gehry Partners Courtesy of Related / Gehry Partners + 6

Studio Gang Reveals Concept Designs for California College of the Arts Campus

16:00 - 23 January, 2018
Studio Gang Reveals Concept Designs for California College of the Arts Campus, © Studio Gang
© Studio Gang

Studio Gang has revealed concept designs for their campus master plan for the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. Currently split between facilities in San Francisco and Oakland, the new unified campus will bring together the school’s various art and design programs into one “vibrant indoor-outdoor environment.”

The design concepts aims to become a “highly sustainable model for the future of creative practices,” arranging programs into upper and lower ground levels to encourage interaction and cross-departmental osmosis. 

New Renderings Show Gehry's Ocean Avenue Tower Shortened to 12 Stories

12:00 - 5 January, 2018
New Renderings Show Gehry's Ocean Avenue Tower Shortened to 12 Stories, © Gehry Partners. Via City of Santa Monica
© Gehry Partners. Via City of Santa Monica

New renderings have been revealed showing an updated design for Frank Gehry’s ‘Ocean Avenue Project’ in Santa Monica, California.

Originally conceived as as 22-story hotel and residential tower, the project has now been shortened to 12 stories (130 feet) to meet restrictions imposed by the city’s Downtown Community Plan, which calls for “aggressively slow growth” and a “lower scale downtown” of mainly 4-5 story tall buildings.

Architecture That is Good Enough to Eat at LA Restaurant Vespertine

08:00 - 5 January, 2018

“As soon as we were able to get into the space we wrote the entire menu in basically a day. It was being in the building itself that had this creative charge about it,” said chef Jordan Kahn.

At LA chef Jordan Kahn’s new fine dining adventure, it was the architecture which informed the menu.

Google Reveals Plans for 1 Million Square Foot BIG-Designed Campus in Sunnyvale, California

11:05 - 4 January, 2018
Google Reveals Plans for 1 Million Square Foot BIG-Designed Campus in Sunnyvale, California, Aerial View. Image Courtesy of Google
Aerial View. Image Courtesy of Google

Google has unveiled plans for a new campus in the Moffett Park area of Sunnyvale, California that will be located just a few miles from its long-awaited ‘Googleplex’ headquarters in Mountain View. And just like the company’s Mountain View and London campuses in the works, the building has been designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).

Located at 100 and 200 W. Caribbean Drive, the complex will consist of two terracing buildings containing over 1 million square feet of office space and room for up to 4,500 employees.

Aerial View. Image Courtesy of Google Ground North View. Image Courtesy of Google Ground South View. Image Courtesy of Google Roof View. Image Courtesy of Google + 4

Seacliff House / Michael C.F. Chan & Associates

20:00 - 1 December, 2017
Seacliff House / Michael C.F. Chan & Associates, © Paul Dyer
© Paul Dyer

© Paul Dyer © Paul Dyer © Paul Dyer © Paul Dyer + 32

New Renderings Reveal Interiors of MAD Architects' Beverly Hills Residential Village

16:00 - 30 November, 2017
New Renderings Reveal Interiors of MAD Architects' Beverly Hills Residential Village, Courtesy of Palisades
Courtesy of Palisades

New renderings released by developer Palisades have revealed the interiors of MAD Architects’ upcoming Beverly Hills residential village, the Gardenhouse.

With construction on the project well underway, the images show how the interior spaces, designed by Rottet Studio, will interact with the architecture created by MAD. Inspired by close-knit hilltop villages, the development at 8600 Wilshire Boulevard will feature 18 individual villas that look in onto a shared courtyard.

Courtesy of Palisades Courtesy of Palisades Courtesy of Palisades Courtesy of Palisades + 8

Snohetta, Sasaki and HOK to Take Part in a 4-Firm-Team to Design Oakland A's New Stadium

06:00 - 21 November, 2017
Snohetta, Sasaki and HOK to Take Part in a 4-Firm-Team to Design Oakland A's New Stadium, (c) Flickr user Redlegsfan21 licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
(c) Flickr user Redlegsfan21 licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The Oakland Athletic's have hired four firms to lead the design and urban planning for their new ballpark on the Peralta site, near the heart of Oakland. HOK will be collaborating with Snohetta on the design of the ballpark. Snohetta will also be working on the masterplan along with Sasaki and Oakland-based Studio T-Square.

Frank Gehry Selected to Design Children's Facility for LA Philharmonic

14:30 - 10 November, 2017
Photograph by <a href='http://https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Walt_Disney_Concert_Hall#/media/File:Disney_Concert_Hall_by_Carol_Highsmith.jpg'>wikimedia user Carol M. Highsmith</a>. Image is in the public domain
Photograph by wikimedia user Carol M. Highsmith. Image is in the public domain

Coinciding with their 100th anniversary, the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) has announced plans to build a new, dedicated space for the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) to be designed by Los Angeles’ own Frank Gehry. Architect of Los Angeles’ and one of the world’s most famous performance spaces, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Gehry has been called upon to transform a 17,000-square-foot facility in the LA neighborhood of Inglewood that will allow LA Phil to reach its goal of doubling the number of students involved in its programs by 2022.

New Renderings Revealed of Renzo Piano's Motion Picture Academy in Los Angeles

16:05 - 3 October, 2017
© Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S. Images from L'Autre Image
© Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S. Images from L'Autre Image

New renderings have been revealed of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop-designed Academy of Motion Pictures as the project races toward its 2019 completion date. Located along LA’s Miracle Mile, the museum is striving to become “the world’s premier institution dedicated to the art and science of movies.”

© Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S. Images from L'Autre Image © Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S. Images from L'Autre Image © Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S. Images from L'Autre Image © Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S. + 19

Shipping Container Home by Whitaker Studio Blooms Like a Desert Flower from Rocky Joshua Tree Site

14:00 - 27 September, 2017
Shipping Container Home by Whitaker Studio Blooms Like a Desert Flower from Rocky Joshua Tree Site, Courtesy of Whitaker Studio
Courtesy of Whitaker Studio

Blossoming from the rugged terrain of the California desert, Whitaker Studio’s Joshua Tree Residence is taking shipping container architecture to the next level. Set to begin construction in 2018, the home is laid out in a starburst of containers, each oriented to maximize views, provide abundant natural light or to create privacy dependent on their location and use.

Courtesy of Whitaker Studio Courtesy of Whitaker Studio Courtesy of Whitaker Studio Courtesy of Whitaker Studio + 16

Elon Musk’s Boring Company to Drill 1.6 Mile Test Tunnel Under Los Angeles

12:15 - 25 August, 2017
Elon Musk’s Boring Company to Drill 1.6 Mile Test Tunnel Under Los Angeles, Courtesy of The Boring Company
Courtesy of The Boring Company

Already having tackled electric vehicles, space flight, and high-speed vacuum tubes, benevolent mad scientist Elon Musk’s latest foray into transportation infrastructure is ready to get off the ground, or rather, under it.

The tech mogul’s newest startup, the Boring Company, focuses on designing a subterranean network of tunnels beneath the streets of Los Angeles that could shuttle pedestrians and vehicles on electric sleds connected to a system of rails at speeds of up to 125 mph.

Now, the company has announced approval by the LA County city of Hawthorne to construct a 1.6-mile-long tunnel that will allow the technology to be tested in-full for the first time.

Courtesy of The Boring Company Courtesy of The Boring Company Courtesy of The Boring Company Courtesy of The Boring Company + 5

Herzog & de Meuron Designs New Campus for Berggruen Institute in the Los Angeles Hills

16:30 - 23 August, 2017
Herzog & de Meuron Designs New Campus for Berggruen Institute in the Los Angeles Hills, © Herzog & de Meuron
© Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron, in collaboration with Michel Desvigne Paysagiste, Inessa Hansch and executive architect Gensler, have revealed designs for a new “Scholars’ Campus” for global think tank the Berggruen Institute to be located in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking the city of Los Angeles.

Inspired by the designs of traditional monasteries and hilltop villages, the scheme is rooted in the restoration and appreciation of the landscape. Along with the series of structures containing the Institue’s residence, meeting and study spaces, over 90% of the 447-acre site will be preserved as natural open space.

© Herzog & de Meuron © Herzog & de Meuron © Herzog & de Meuron © Herzog & de Meuron + 7

ODA Designs 70-Story Residential Skyscraper for Downtown Los Angeles

16:05 - 16 August, 2017
ODA Designs 70-Story Residential Skyscraper for Downtown Los Angeles, Courtesy of ODA. Via Curbed
Courtesy of ODA. Via Curbed

Downtown Los Angelesskyscraper boom continues – this time straying south to the intersection of South Olive and 11th Street, where developer Crescent Heights has submitted plans for a new 70-story residential tower housing 794 apartment units. Designed by ODA, 1045 Olive is planned to top out at a height of 770 feet, which would make it Los Angeles’ tallest residential building and 4th tallest overall.

Unique to the structure (and fitting for Los Angeles) would be the massive amount of space dedicated to parking: 13.5 total floors would be dedicated to parking spots, including an above ground 8-story core that would be wrapped in apartments to visually conceal the cars within.