Long Beach Parklet Program Announced as 2015 Westside UrbanForum Design Award Winner

Our company was recently announced as the 2015 Westside UrbanForum Design Award Winner for a public/open space. This award featured our Long Beach Parklet Program.

About Westside UrbanForum Awards:

Westside UrbanForum, a premier networking organization, dedicates its dialogue to the concept of land-use and its impact on Los Angeles.  The group consists of developers, planners, designers, architects and community members. The organizations Westside UrbanForum Awards recognize projects, programs, policies and academic studies that demonstrate excellence in city making and community building. The program presents awards for small/large and built/unbuilt projects within multiple categories.

We are honored to have been presented the Design Award for a built public/open space with the submittable of our Long Beach Parklet Program. See it here- http://ow.ly/NahbK

Parklet map*Map of Long Beach Parklets

About the Long Beach Parklet Program:

The Long Beach Parklet Program began as a city directed pilot platform to create safer streets for pedestrians and to give local restaurants the opportunity to expand their businesses. The idea behind the project was to take existing curbside parking stalls and transform them into outdoor dining decks.

In the spring of 2011, we began progress on our first two curbside extensions. To date, we have built a total of four parklets in the city of Long Beach. The criteria for each parklet ensured that they were built to be Eco-friendly, easily constructed and easy to maintain. Each parklet was designed to contest unique characteristics of its corresponding business, to incorporate in each an urban and landscape design concept.

Today, the program continues to evolve with public / private partnerships and enhanced sustainable features that contribute to increasing community immersion. The program has helped increase revenue for business owners, helped to create job opportunities for local residents and has improved the overall ambiance for the community of Long Beach. See below for images and information about each parklet, and be sure to stop by each location to enjoy the parklets for yourself!

 Lola’s Mexican Cuisine: 1st Parklet

This parklet is the 1st of its kind to be built in Long Beach and is a gateway into the Retro Row Business District. The parklet features steel planters and ochre pots that complement the storefront palette. The pots are filled with plant material found in the region where the owners originated from, creating a natural ambiance for guests of the restaurant.


Berlin Bistro: 2nd Parklet

Contemporary in design, the parklet utilizes planters clad with horizontal cedar siding and illuminating pots that relate to the restaurant’s modern interior.  Drought tolerant plants border the parklet space, growing herbs and spices, used for meal preparation at the restaurant.


At Last Café: Bulb-Out Parklet

Studio One Eleven worked closely with the City of Long Beach and At Last Café to develop a sustainable design which accommodates curb adjacent sidewalk into dining on. At Last Cafe’s pedestrian bulb-out and bio-swale garden re-purposed 1,500 square feet of road space into people space. The bulb-out includes a bio-swale and garden that captures the first inch of rain-fall that filters pollutants and allows water to percolate into the ground.

Studio 111 At Last Cafe Long Beach CA USA -  Photography by Tom

Glendale Arts Colony Receives Recognition

GAC_studio-blogPhotos of official renderings for Studio One Eleven’s Glendale Arts Colony

Our Glendale Arts Colony (GAC) project was recently featured in the California Arts Districts Initial Assessment!

About California Arts Districts Initial Assessment:

Prepared by City Fabrick, a non-profit design studio, the assessment informs readers on the expansion of place-based arts and cultural districts. According to City Fabrick, creative place-making and place-based arts communities are revitalizing communities in ways in which they had never done before.  The assessment report explores potential arts and cultural districts in both northern and southern California, including the Glendale Arts Colony, designed by Studio One Eleven.

About GAC:

Glendale Arts Colony is a joint venture between Meta Housing Corporation, the City’s Housing Authority and the Glendale YMCA. Located adjacent to the Maryland Arts and Entertainment District, the project is expected to help revitalize downtown Glendale and contribute to the City’s growing cultural arts community.

Flanked by a historic Spanish Revival and 1960′s era Brutalist building, the development defines the third side of the YMCA campus with a ground floor public gallery and art studios above. The 70-unit, affordable, artist designated community, provides music and performance spaces, art studios, galleries and a sculpture garden where residents can display their work.

The Glendale Arts Colony is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed Summer 2016.   Stay tuned for more updates on our blog and social feeds about the progress of the Glendale Arts Colony.


-To read more about Glendale Arts Colony and to view the California Arts Districts Initial Assessment please visit: http://cac.ca.gov/files/Arts_and_Culture_Districts_InitialAssessment-1.pdf


Plant of the Week – March 30, 2015


New Beginnings for Paramount Boulevard


On February 18th, Studio One Eleven received unanimous approval at the City of Paramount council study session for its proposed streetscape enhancements. Referred to as a “road diet,” the design focuses on expanding the sidewalk widths by four feet to make streets safer and more walkable for pedestrians.

Enlisted by the City of Paramount to re-envision the character of their downtown and improve pedestrian safety, Studio One Eleven conceptualized a plan to invigorate the streetscape. Focusing on sustainable, urban design the project incorporates techniques like: widening existing sidewalks, encouraging curbside parking, and creating clearly marked pedestrian connections to make the area a more enjoyable area for people. Drought tolerant landscaping, shaded sidewalks, augmented lighting, and invigorated retail will contribute to the boulevard’s new identity as a sustainable beacon for the city.

We look forward to the forward momentum of this project, and giving the people of Paramount a place where they can comfortably gather and enjoy.

GAC Groundbreaking


Clockwise from left: Members of the Studio One Eleven design team. Representatives from Meta Housing, YMCA, and local government. The GAC site, now under construction.

On Wednesday February 18th, a significant milestone was reached on the Glendale Arts Colony as a groundbreaking ceremony kicked-off construction for the project. Members of the Studio One Eleven design team joined with the developers from Meta Housing, representatives from local government, and the YMCA to celebrate the forward momentum of the affordable housing development on the Y’s campus in Glendale.

The 70-unit Glendale Arts Colony is designed to provide an affordable housing option to artistic tenants, with amenities catered toward their creative lifestyles. In a grander scheme, the project is expected to help revitalize downtown Glendale and contribute to the growing Cultural Arts District.

We will continue to update our platforms with information on Glendale Arts Colony’s progress.

Formosa South at The Lot Receives LABJ CRE Award


We are proud to announce that Studio One Eleven has received the Silver Award in Office Design at the Los Angeles Business Journal Commercial Real Estate awards for Formosa South at the Lot.

Submitted late last year, the project was recognized amongst other award winners for its outstanding design, sustainable features and contributions to the neighboring community. Members of the entire Formosa South team, including the architect, developer, and contractor received recognition for the project’s accolades.

Formosa South at the Lot is a creative office space occupied by the likes of Oprah’s OWN Network as well as Funny or Die. Nestled in West Hollywood, it captures the essence of its historic roots and neighboring landmarks, but embraces modern office design with innovative, flexible work space.

Keep checking the Los Angeles Business Journal for Formosa South at the Lot’s feature, as well as other LABJ CRE award winners.