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.

Projects Set Precedent for Future Santa Monica Auditorium

banner_collageSome of the Studio One Eleven photos used in the HR&A Survey. Clockwise from left: District La Brea, The Dalton, 4th + Linden, Formosa South.

As the City of Santa Monica continues to develop a new vision for the Landmark Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, they consulted with HR&A to develop a surveying tool highlighting key precedent imagery of Studio One Eleven projects for community input.

In a series of public workshops, volunteers were asked to share their opinions on a number of options for the Civic Auditorium as it is repurposed into a mixed-use arts and cultural district. HR&A designed an app that allows participants to “explore the trade-offs of program and land uses,” while keeping an eye on both physical and financial constraints. The “See Results” tab allowed users to view what others had selected at the end of their decision-making.

Upon presenting the analytical tool to the public, HR&A sought to establish an image library of archetypal projects from other related areas to use as examples for the concepts being offered as choices in the app. Studio One Eleven was contacted as a key resource for appropriate design and best practices for a wide range of typologies. Projects highlighted within the tool include: District La Brea, 4th + Linden, The Annex, Dalton Residences, Long Beach Senior Arts Colony and Formosa South at the Lot. Photos of these projects allowed survey participants to visually see what that choice, whether it is office space, retail, food, or housing, could potentially look like as a part of the redeveloped project.

As the results were collected instantaneously, HR&A was able to reach a consensus on the general public’s idea of what should be erected. As the firm stated, “Photos of Studio One Eleven’s work helped illustrate potential concepts and were very well-received by the audience.”

We are proud to have our competed projects serve as an example of best practices in architecture, urban planning and design, and hope to continue setting the tone for contemporary redevelopments.

What’s Happening at The Pike?


Photos of the strategic tree relocation process at The Pike

On Monday, January 27th work began to “uproot” and “reposition” key aspects of the Pike design – the existing on-site specimen trees. Crews arrived in the morning to begin the strategic process of excavating and boxing three large Ficus Rubiginosa trees.   The 9ft x 9 ft boxed trees were then carefully moved on a flatbed truck under bridges and across streets and craned into their place in the new design.   This was followed by the relocation of four 22.5 foot tall Canary Island Date Palms which surround the main pedestrian plaza.

Located just a short walk from the Long Beach office, the Pike is a repositioning of an entertainment venue into a world-class outlet center. After ten years of architectural and commercial shortcomings, the project is being completely re-imagined to be the destination which links downtown Long Beach to the shoreline. Updates to the center include: recirculating vehicular traffic away from the new pedestrian-only central plaza, all new lighting and site furnishings, connecting the new retail building to the parking structure. This new connector will provide stronger pedestrian circulation from the theater to parking and to shoreline visitor activities at two levels. Work has begun and is expected to be completed by May 1, 2015.