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Grimshaw Unveils Initial Concepts of Santa Monica College Arts Complex in California

Grimshaw has just revealed initial concepts of the new 21,000 square-foot arts complex for Santa Monica College (SMC) in Santa Monica, California. Scheduled for completion in 2024, the building is planned as a “factory of creativity”, replacing an existing surface car park and serving as a new western gateway for the college.

© Grimshaw © Grimshaw © Grimshaw © Grimshaw + 7

Ramar Residence and Studio / Saez Pedraja

© Ignacio Espigares © Ignacio Espigares © Ignacio Espigares © Ignacio Espigares + 23

  • Architects: Saez Pedraja
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2380 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: C.R. Laurence, Fleetwood, Jacobo Paredes Steel, Taylor Metal, Trimble

Grimshaw and Little to Design New Arts Complex for Santa Monica College

Grimshaw and Little Diversified Architectural Consulting (Little) have been selected to design a new Arts Complex for Santa Monica College (SMC) in California. Aiming to create an iconic landmark building along Pico Boulevard, the complex will be made to celebrate the college's Art Department as part of the broader Santa Monica community.

© Amy Williams © Amy Williams © Amy Williams © Amy Williams + 6

Julie Eizenberg and Hank Koning Win 2019 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal

The Australian Institute of Architects have awarded the 2019 Gold Medal to Santa Monica-based Australian expatriates Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg of Koning Eizenberg Architecture. As the Institute’s highest honour, the Gold Medal was awarded to acknowledge the firm's commitment to affordable housing, education and civic projects, and to tirelessly fighting to improve the situation of underprivileged communities.

© Esto © Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier + 7

See-Through House / Koning Eizenberg Architecture

© Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier + 18

Santa Monica, United States

Big And Tiny / Zooco Estudio

© Aaron & Jon Photographers © Aaron & Jon Photographers © Aaron & Jon Photographers © Aaron & Jon Photographers + 12

Santa Monica, United States
  • Architects: Zooco Estudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2109 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Pico Branch Library / Koning Eizenberg Architecture

Courtesy of Eric Staudenmaier Courtesy of Eric Staudenmaier Courtesy of Eric Staudenmaier Courtesy of Eric Staudenmaier + 12

Santa Monica, United States

Taslimi Residence / Fleetwood Fernandez Architects

© Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan + 24

Santa Monica, United States

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

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.

Downtown Santa Monica Hotels / Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio + Gene Fong Associates

© John Edward Linden Photography © Christine Gatti/Dylan Cross © John Edward Linden Photography © John Edward Linden Photography + 40

Santa Monica, United States

AD Classics: The Entenza House (Case Study #9) / Charles & Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen & Associates

Nestled in the verdant seaside hills of the Pacific Palisades in southern California, the Entenza House is the ninth of the famous Case Study Houses built between 1945 and 1962. With a vast, open-plan living room that connects to the backyard through floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors, the house brings its natural surroundings into a metal Modernist box, allowing the two to coexist as one harmonious space.

Like its peers in the Case Study Program, the house was designed not only to serve as a comfortable and functional residence, but to showcase how modular steel construction could be used to create low-cost housing for a society still recovering from the the Second World War. The man responsible for initiating the program was John Entenza, Editor of the magazine Arts and Architecture. The result was a series of minimalist homes that employed steel frames and open plans to reflect the more casual and independent way of life that had arisen in the automotive age.[1]

Case Study House No. 9. (1950) / Julius Shulman Photography Archive. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10) Case Study House No. 9. (1950) / Julius Shulman Photography Archive. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10) Case Study House No. 9. (1950) / Julius Shulman Photography Archive. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10) Case Study House No. 9. (1950) / Julius Shulman Photography Archive. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10) + 28

Experience Cities From Above With Crystal Clear Drone Videos

With rapid advancements in technology and crystal clear imagery, drones have allowed us to experience our cities and landscapes from unimaginable vantage points and perspectives. In its series of videos, YouTube channel Mingomatic uses drones to capture the sights and scenes of predominantly American cities and various locations from above, offering glimpses of skylines, oceans, highways and terrains (and seals!). Check out the 10 videos below for some spectacular views, and find Mingomatic’s full selection, here.

Edmunds.com Headquarters / M+M Creative Studio

© Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan + 21

  • Architects: M+M Creative Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  145000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences / Frederick Fisher and Partners

© Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann + 23

This Floating Desalination Megastructure is Designed to Combat California's Water Shortages

California is suffering through its 5th year of severe water shortage. Aquifers and rivers continue to dry out as the water provided by melting snowpacks is reduced, and even the heavy rain brought by El Niño this year could not relieve the drought. Authorities are wary of the long-term consequences for California and neighboring areas of the Colorado River, and Santa Monica is now seeing a growing number of initiatives to control the use of potable water and find sustainable solutions.

Most recently, a competition asked architects, artists and scientists to conceive sustainable infrastructure projects to improve Santa Monica’s water supply. Bart//Bratke and studioDE developed a raft structure named “Foram” that illustrates the future of floating platforms in sustainable development.

Night View from the Coast. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke Aerial Coast Assembly. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke Pavilion Alignment. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke Interior of the Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke + 15

Open Call: Santa Monica LAGI 2016: Powering Places in Southern California

The Land Art Generator Initiative is delighted to announce that LAGI 2016 will be held in Southern California, with the City of Santa Monica as site partner. This free and open call ideas competition invites individuals or interdisciplinary teams to design a large-scale site-specific work of public art that also serves as clean energy and/or drinking water infrastructure for the City of Santa Monica.

The complete Design Guidelines along with CAD files, photos, and more will be available on January 1, 2016 at http://landartgenerator.org/designcomp

The design site includes the breakwater adjacent to the historic Santa Monica Pier and offers the opportunity to

AD Classics: Nomadic Museum / Shigeru Ban Architects

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.

© flickr user paolomazzoleni, licensed under CC BY 2.0 Nomadic Museum, New York. Image © flickr user informedmindstravel, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND Nomadic Museum, Santa Monica. Image © flickr user paolomazzoleni, licensed under CC BY 2.0 Section, Santa Monica + 10

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

© Shawn Bishop © Shawn Bishop © Shawn Bishop © Shawn Bishop + 28

Santa Monica, United States
  • Architects: Ruben S. Ojeda Architects, Koning Eizenberg Architecture
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014