Two of our designers, Shelby Batalla and Helen Cheuk, were recently awarded a Placemaking Grant from Long Beach Placemaking Manager, Sean Warner and the Downtown Long Beach Associates Public Realm Committee. Out of 54 applications only five grants were given.
Applicants were asked for ideas that would increase safety, and beautify, or alter the Downtown Long Beach public landscape in ways that would benefit the local community. Shelby and Helen proposed to introduce a dynamic and creative urban furniture collection along Pine Avenue between Ocean Boulevard and E. Shoreline Drive to add visual interest and create a cohesive pedestrian experience along this underutilized corridor.
‘Precious Cargo,’ is a modular system with four standard units. Collectively, this unique installation creates an urban treasure map that visually guides pedestrians toward places of interest. The modular units are also designed to be used as seating, bike racks, and signage. Solar collectors will harvest energy from the sun and illuminate the pieces at night. Wayfinding messages will be branded onto the upcycled wooden pallets using pyrography giving the furniture a distinctive cargo-like look that speaks to Long Beach’s nautical and industrial history.
This installation is part of a larger effort to activate the area and to connect people to Downtown Long Beach. ‘Precious Cargo’ pieces will be located by ‘The Loop,’ a new and exciting installation on the corner of Pine and Ocean, near the Convention Center and The Pike Outlets.
To view the entire ‘Precious Cargo’ design package click here.
Also, for updates about ‘Precious Cargo’ follow them on Instagram @adhoc_collab
California’s state flower, the California Poppy, is a vivid orange annual, short-lived, perennial wildflower. The two-inch orange flowers bloom from fine parsley like silvery green foliage. It is best grown when planted as a seed before winter rain, naturally blooms from March to May and reaches 12 to 18 inches tall. Although naturally grown in sunny open fields, it is suited to the California climate, seasonal rain and poor soil, which makes the wildflower ideal for parkways, roadsides, yards or even containers.
It provides a bright focal point to the landscape and attracts local native birds. California Poppy is commonly found in many native and wildflower seed mixes but can also be found in trays ready to be planted. They are very low maintenance and re-seed easily on their own. The orange and silvery green foliage is nicely complimented with other native plants like Salvia leucophylla (Purple Sage), Ceanothus (California lilac), Penstemon spectabilis (Showy Penstemon) or other blue/ purple flowering plants. You may see this native wildflower blooming in your local landscape this spring.
As our firm continues to grow we are happy to announce the opening of our new office in Downtown Los Angeles. The office overlooks one of our firm’s largest and most complex projects to date, The Bloc.
Perched on 7th Street overlooking The Bloc’s main plaza, our Studio will be an integral part of Downtown Los Angeles’ newest urban regeneration project. Marcus Luciani, Associate Principal and Project Manager on The Bloc is the Director of the new space.
“As architects and urbanists, we couldn’t be happier to be moving into our new office in Downtown,” said Marcus Luciani, Director of the new downtown office. “To have an office within one of our most accomplished projects is going to be a great opportunity for our company and will help us to further engage in the redevelopment of Downtown Los Angeles.”
Our current projects include mixed-use, office, hotel and community buildings across the region. In addition to the Bloc, we are working on; continued revitalization of the La Brea District in mid-city, master planning of The Lot in West Hollywood, and leading a community visioning project in Reseda with the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative and Councilmember Bob Blumenfield’s office.
With this new space, our firm is able to better service our existing clients, giving us the opportunity to explore new ways in furthering our practice of urban revitalization throughout the city of Los Angeles.
You can stop by our new office at 700 S. Flower St, Suite 520, Los Angeles, CA 90017.
Through thoughtful design concepts and the use of eco-friendly products, our Studio transformed two Children Today locations into one new, permanent, LEED Gold Facility- Eco House Children Today.
Eco House is a state of the art, environmentally friendly daycare facility that provides education and fosters early childhood development services for homeless and abused children from ages 6 weeks to 5 years old in Long Beach.
Located at Long Beach Boulevard and Spring Street in Long Beach, the facility was designed to provide children, whose lives are impacted by trauma, with a space that promotes overall safety, stability and growth.
Children Today outdoor play area at new Eco-House facility
In addition to designing the new facility, this past weekend our team volunteered to build a playhouse for the kids of Children Today. It was great to be able to give back to our community and to show our continued support for the Children Today organization.
Staff and their families volunteering during our build day at Eco-House
“Thank you to the Studio One Eleven team for building a Play House for Children Today’s brand new Eco-House facility this past week,” said Theresa Bixby, founder of Children Today. “Your amazing company and your design talents helped us create a beautiful environment for the families we serve in Long Beach. So Grateful!”
Eco-House is amongst the many eco-friendly and sustainable developments making an impact on the City of Long Beach. Learn more about how Long Beach Business’s are finding new ways to become sustainable and eco-friendly in this Long beach Business Journal article.
On behalf of the office of Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, Studio One Eleven was selected to accept a “Stewards of the Second District” Acknowledgment, due to our firm’s leadership, commitment to the community and our overall dedication to the City of Long Beach. Stewards of the Second District are individuals, businesses and community groups that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in the lives of others.
“The name Studio One Eleven is synonymous with stylish, progressive and community-serving projects that have improved our city’s aesthetic tapestry,” said Vice Mayor, Suja Lowenthal, during the Stewards of the Second District Awards Ceremony.” Michael, Alan and their team at Studio One Eleven are leaving an incredible architectural legacy behind and we appreciate their care and love for Long Beach.”
It was a great honor to be acknowledged during the Stewards event, reiterating our dedication and passion for redeveloping the City of Long Beach. Here are just a handful of our projects in Long Beach that were recognized during the acknowledgment ceremony:
The Pike Outlets
The Long Beach Senior Arts Colony
At Last Café
The first of Metro’s newest tunnels is well underway in Downtown Los Angeles and will be completed later this year. The tunnel will run under 7th Street in Downtown, connecting into the southeast corner of the existing station, near the intersection of Hope and 7th Street. The Metro will be easily accessible to travelers, passing directly by the newly developed retail space at The Bloc.
The Bloc and the new Metro connection mark the beginning of many streetscape projects breaking out across Downtown Los Angeles.
To learn more about the Metro connection and The Bloc visit StreetsblogLA.