The Benefits of Building Mixed-Use Developments: Featuring Domain in West Hollywood

Domain, one of our mixed-use developments in West Hollywood, was recently featured in Urbanize L.A.  Domain features 166 residential units and approximately 9,000 square feet of ground-level retail and restaurant space.G_Domain_S MONICA and FORMOSA NIGHTSHOTThe project is designed to reinforce the existing community framework through four key measures: activating a pedestrian friendly environment with ample landscape, providing private open spaces to encourage social interaction, and creating permeable edges and connections to the street.

Cities should be encouraged to engage developers who build mixed-use developments. Some of the benefits to building mixed-use properties include:

  • Encouraging other developments to be built within dense areas
  • Creating pedestrian friendly environments
  • Linking the street to the building, transit-oriented developments
  • Curating a mix of tenants- restaurants, residential, retail, etc.
  • Reinforcing existing space to utilize existing buildings

To learn more about Domain and our other mixed-use projects visit our website here or read about the project on Urbanize L.A.

Reseda Neighborhood Council Community Space Kick-Off Event

Our Studio together with Los Angeles Councilmember, Bob Blumenfield, kicked off the Grand Opening of the Reseda Neighborhood Council Community Space and conducted a public workshop for the development of Sherman Way.

The community workshop is a part of Reseda Rising, a dynamic, multi-front initiative used to leverage resources toward creating a vibrant, exiting and safe community.

This kickoff event was the first workshop of three events that will be led by our Studio to gather community input toward developing a concept plan for Sherman Way in the Reseda neighborhood of Los Angeles. The study focuses on the stretch between Lindley and Wilbur Avenues. Sherman Way is one of 15 L.A. streets being targeted for improvements by Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “Great Streets” program.

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The purpose of each workshop is to gain insight from the community to help guide the future of Reseda and Sherman Way. It was great to see everyone who came to support this resident driven effort. We received a significant amount of feedback from the community, which will be taken into consideration as we move on with next steps in the study.

Our Studio is excited to be a apart of this visioning effort and can’t wait to see Sherman Way become a “Los Angeles Great Street.”

You can read more on Reseda Rising and Sherman Way here, brought to you by Los Angeles Daily News.

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Community members sharing input during the Reseda Rising Workshop


Children Today Coming to Long Beach this September

After 5 months of construction we are proud to announce that Studio One Eleven’s architectural design for Children Today is beginning to come to life.

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Rendering of the Children Today Facility

Eco House is a state of the art, environmentally friendly daycare facility that provides education and fosters early children development services for homeless and abused children ages 6 weeks to 5 years in Long Beach.

Once completed, staff and children from the two existing leased facilities, which were not designed with the needs of the children in mind, will be transferred to the new, permanent, LEED Gold facility. Our Studio programmed thoughtful and sustainable design elements throughout the facility, encouraging play and active lifestyles both indoor and out.


Rendering of the outdoor play and picnic areas

Located at Long Beach Boulevard and Spring Street in Long Beach, the facility is designed to provide children, whose lives are impacted by trauma, with a space that promotes safety, stability and growth. For more information on Children Today check out their website here.

The Children Today facility is scheduled to open September 2015.

Downtown L.A.’s The Bloc Featured in Mark Magazine


Mark magazine is a platform for the practice and perception of architecture at the dawn of the third millennium. Since its launch in 2005, the magazine has proven to be a timely, visual, non-academic publication full of first-hand information from creative people. Mark has a radically international perspective, shining its spotlight on starchitects and new talent alike. The magazine explores the boundaries of architecture and anticipates the industry’s future- featuring downtown L.A.’s The Bloc.”  Read the full story here.


Urban Land Institute Tours The Roost

Approximately thirty people from The Orange County/Inland Empire Urban Land Institute (ULI) Young Leaders Group visited The Roost to get a firsthand look at the recently completed adaptive re-use development. Comprised of three existing distinct buildings, and the addition of three re-purposed shipping containers to increase the leasable area, The Roost has already made a huge impact on the City of Santa Ana.


ULI Members as they toured The Roost

ULI members were extremely impressed with The Roost and said it was, “the hippest low-key project in Orange County,” and that the tour was, “the grooviest ULI event of the year!”

The tour coincided with the opening of Scoops Ice Cream, the first tenant to open in the fully leased development. Thanks to an announcement in OC Weekly and via social media, Scoops was packed with ice cream devotees the very moment the doors opened. Along with Scoops, future tenants to open include a food and beer garden, yoga studio, and a maker’s shop.


Scoops during their soft opening. They sold out of every flavor!

The developer Davin Gumm, architect Michael Bohn, and contractor Luis Soto, led the tour and spoke about the projects opportunities, such as the strong community presence, the eclectic mix of existing buildings already on the site, and the location being near the Station Transit Oriented District, which reduces parking requirements.


(Left) Phil Bacerra, Planning Commissioner of Santa Ana, (Middle) Michael Bohn, Architect, (Right) Davin Gumm, Developer

The mission of the ULI Young Leaders Group cultivates and engages ULI members under the age of 35, who are the next generation of leaders, to innovate and collaborate in an effort to improve the future of responsible land use. The adaptive re-use project is scheduled to fully open late 2015 — stay tuned for more project updates and for the grand reveal of The Roost.