Studio One Eleven Awards

This past month has been a busy and exciting time for our Studio. We are honored to have been recognized for our achievements during the Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards, the American Planning Association Los Angeles Awards, and the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce 125th Gala Honoring “Commercial Real Estate Development.”

LABC Under Construction/Chairman’s Award – The Bloc

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Our Studio was awarded during the Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards for The Bloc in the Under Construction category. In addition, the project was recognized for a Chairman’s Award, as an early adapter for the DELOS for the WELL Building Standard.

The jury was impressed with the revitalization of downtown and the impact the Bloc will have on the area. They felt like the project was a massive undertaking and will greatly enhance the walkability and create unique mixed-use experience for locals and tourists alike. The LEED Gold certification was also a big factor with the judges, as we always strive to award impactful yet responsible projects. The Bloc was also awarded an LABC Chairman’s Award, due to the fact that the LABC fully supports the new WELL Building certification program and wanted to highlight those projects who adopted this standard early. The LABC was proud to recognize and chronicle innovation and forward thinkers in the industry. They specifically chose the Bloc, CBRE Headquarters and Haworth’s Showroom as models for future buildings to strive for.

Learn more about The Bloc project here on our website.

Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Destination Tomorrow Award

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The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce recognized our Studio for the impact we’ve made on our community with a “Destination Tomorrow” award.  The “Destination Tomorrow” award is bestowed upon a company that has given back to its community and that will continue to grow in the future. Our firm has been rooted in Long Beach for more than 15 years and have played a major role in the community development. From fostering the first parklets in Southern California, to our streestcape improvements at 4th + Linden, our studio has played a heavy hand in the redevelopment and urbanization of the city. Thank you to the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce for recognizing our firm for this achievement.

APA Los Angeles Merit Award – Carson Street Mixed-use District Master Plan

Lastly, our Carson Street Mixed-use District Master Plan was recently awarded an APA (American Planning Association) Los Angeles Merit Award for the Implementation Small Jurisdiction category. Studio One Eleven completed the master plan in 2006 and since then the city has led implementation on many elements of the plan, creating a vibrant corridor.

Thank you to everyone who has made each of these projects a success. We are so grateful to have been noticed for all of our work and accomplishments.

Grow It, Share It, Eat It at Farm Lot 59

Farm Lot 59 is a Long Beach local biodynamic farm that maintains and develops farmland in urban settings to grow fruits, vegetables, nuts and flowers with no pesticides or chemicals, offering the public fresh and healthy food choices.

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As urbanists and planners it was with great pleasure that our Studio connected with Farm Lot 59 to help support them in developing and building their first Children’s Garden.

Farm Lot 59 made 2016 all about the children, giving younger minds the opportunity to become educated about farming and providing an introduction into living a healthy lifestyle. With the help of an Eagle Scout, Evan Karadayi, Farm Lot 59 began building their outdoor learning lab.

Thanks to everyone’s efforts Farm Lot 59 now has an amazing Children’s Garden, serving as an outdoor “living” classroom for children and various organizations interested in learning more about sustainable agriculture practices.

We had the opportunity to take a tour of the property and were impressed with Founder, Sasha Kanno, on her ability to create such an inspiring urban space.  Her mission is to grow the best varieties, rare and heirloom, best suited for the climate and to help encourage and train other citizen farmers.

We are happy to have supported such a great local cause and look forward to connecting in the future. Thanks so much Sasha and Farm Lot 59!

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Transforming Long Beach Sustainable Block by Sustainable Block

Our community focused and comprehensive approach is true to our city, impacting Long Beach one block at a time. We were honored to be featured in this Long Beach Post article highlighting some of our most transformative projects.

You can read the full story here.

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Long Beach Airport – Photographed by Tom Bonner

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Long Beach Ronald McDonald House- Photographed by Carlos Hernandez

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Berlin Bistro – Photographed by Studio One Eleven

‘Precious Cargo’ Modular Urban Furniture Installation in Long Beach

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.

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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

 

Landscape Studio Plant of the Month: California Poppy

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.

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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.

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Studio One Eleven Expands With New Office in Downtown Los Angeles

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.

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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.