We pride ourselves on repositioning under-performing properties for our clients. We’ve completed several with great success from both an economic and community enhancement perspective, such as Courtyard Lofts; Lincoln & Rose; and 4th+Linden, where we also acted as the developer. We are currently in the midst of completing La Brea, which caters to high-end Los Angeles hipsters, as well as a development in Pacoima that creates a community gathering place in a Latin American immigrant neighborhood.
Now, a sneak preview of our latest adaptive re-use project in Santa Ana known as “The Roost.” The site is in the Station District on Santa Ana Boulevard, which is the main artery into Downtown from the 5 Freeway. It is a five minute stroll from the train station and two blocks from the cool East End that includes The Playground, Yost Theater and soon-to-open Food Market. A light rail train is slated to begin construction in 2015 and is proposed to travel down Santa Ana Boulevard, passing our project on its way into downtown and eventually connecting with the City of Anaheim.
Santa Ana’s rich historic downtown is attracting the arts, entertainment and culinary industries. The Roost promises to be at the center of this creative and professional infusion, adding to the neighborhood’s artsy luster with boutiques, crafts, patio dining, and unique spaces to hang out.
The Roost is a sustainable adaptive reuse project with a passion for Craft, Culture and Community. It is a mixed use, transit-oriented development intended to become “The Community’s Living Room.” The project will benefit from a dynamic mix of structures; including re-purposed cargo containers, a renovated craftsman bungalow duplex, a 1920′s commercial building and a reinvented two story barn. All units will have exclusive garden areas for the enjoyment of residents, patrons and shop keepers. “The Roost” is close to permit-ready and will be finished in just a few months. Come out and see for yourself what all the cackling is about!
2013 was an eventful year for us. Among many exciting developments, restaurant owners around Southern California took notice of the success of our parklets at Lola’s and Berlin and the parklet trend began to spread.
Our design for the first “curb café” in north San Diego county recently completed construction at Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant in Carlsbad, CA. Occupying two diagonal parking spaces and seating 24, the design includes serape-inspired elements and is already a hit with owner and customers alike.
We currently have two more parklets on the boards, one incorporating a bioswale. We’re proud to be at the forefront of this growing trend, with each new parklet promising increased visibility as well as street vibrancy and a refreshing dining experience.
Friday afternoons are special for our bike commuters – during this time, our resource manager, William McLaughlin, takes a break from managing the materials and specifications to tune up our bicycles. Having worked as a master mechanic in a bike shop, he has the expertise and tools to keep us cycling smoothly and safely whether it is a mountain, cruiser, Fixie, BMX, or racing bike.
We operate this bike kitchen to promote bike culture and encourage active transportation both within and outside our office. Bicycling is great for health, good for communities, and a cost-effective solution to many of our most pressing societal and environmental problems. This is just one of the many ways that we embrace LEED concepts like planning, design, and development of sustainable, pedestrian and bike friendly neighborhoods.
When working on community-based landscape beautification projects with limited budgets, we often help to procure materials and oversee plant placement. Irrigation can be a costly challenge and while this may be mitigated through smart design, including the use of drought-tolerant plants and other materials, street trees can be difficult to establish without watering systems. Hence our Studio One Eleven experiment with Treegator slow release watering bags. It takes five minutes to install the bag around the tree trunk and about a minute to fill with water. So give an urban tree a drink, already! The bag just needs to be refilled once a week and the entire neighborhood can pitch in if needed (take note, kids)! This does involve some participation but we think that this type of temporary irrigation may prove an effective and inexpensive way to help support the growth of new trees in an urban environment. We’ll keep you posted.
We were chatting with the inimitable critic, author and urban planner Sam Hall Kaplan recently about the great value of continuum in place making. My thoughts from that point forward were stuck on an archway in Downey. Over the years, Studio One Eleven has advised numerous cities throughout the region on architectural and urban design and, at the moment, we happen to be working on the Downey Civic Center Master Plan.
Creating a physical vision for any city, town or neighborhood allows us to take a closer look at its identity and how we might use the underlying character and values of a community to establish a meaningful and vibrant sense of place. In Downey, we lucked upon an archway to articulate a unique narrative for the city. As you explore our gallery below, notice how the Downey Archway allows us to connect (as good arches do), reinforce and enhance the civic center’s historical context with its evolving identity—reflected through place.
As we continue to explore Studio One Eleven connections with Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., #PSTinLA, Studio Founder Alan Pullman offers up a window or more specifically—horizontal bands of steel casement windows to explore one of the purest achievements in International Style residential architecture. Pullman’s subject: his home, otherwise known as the Kimpson-Nixon House, one of the few remaining Raphael Soriano structures in existence.
Kimpson-Nixon house (1940), designed by architect Raphael Soriano (1904-1988), is unique in its dramatic use of light, space and form. Featured here: a horizontal band of steel casement windows wrap around the structure providing second floor terrace, front and back-yard vistas. Click on the gallery below for more detail.