At Studio 111 we love to work on adaptive re-use projects. There’s something about re-purposing a derelict building that seems appropriate in this budget constrained, energy conscious age. And the texture, history and materials of older buildings just can’t be replicated with new construction. (Check-out the awesome Waterhouse Hotel in Shanghai in the September 2010 issue of Architectural Record – architects, trained to create new buildings, love something about ruin and decay as well). Our latest adaptive re-use project is the Continental Graphics Building rehabilitation on La Brea Boulevard in Los Angeles. Some of the materials and graphics of the project will play off the history of the site as one of LA’s premier printing shops, but the first phases of work are fairly straightforward – creating new storefronts and interiors (we’re collaborating with Mark Hershman from Shubin Donaldson) in order to re-purpose the buildings from light industrial to retail and/or creative offices. A lot of the construction is being done on spec, so the buildings are fairly neutral in order for the tenants to come in and provide a unique identity. And the whole vibe of the street, with American Rag, Volcom and Undefeated on the same block, is pretty low-key-cool. That’s a good thing, since the budgets are low-key too. Beyond the buildings themselves, our ultimate goal is seeing revitalized storefronts and tenants, new streetscaping (we’re working with Ahbe Landscape design) and pedestrian improvements and traffic calming occur so that this block transforms into a more walkable retail destination. And once that happens, extend the improvements both North and South. That may take some time, which is OK. We’re happy the first phases have begun. The contractor is Del Amo Construction (it’s a design-build project), and our client is developer Madison Marquette.
This year we were invited to work with the 4th Street Business Association to assist in converting the parking lot on 4th Street + Cherry Avenue into a park. After a short design charette, we conceived of a park of community based vendors which were loosely organized around a landscape path of different colored chalk footprints.
We re-installed the “Bike Shelter”, a reclaimed wood prototype built by our own David Hernandez, at the corner of the site. This wonderful shelter helped give some visibility to the lot and was quite a centerpiece of discussions; from multi-modal transportation in our communities to issues of sustainability and adaptive re-use.
In addition to our program pieces, we wanted to allow the community to get involved in creating this park. “Welcome Mats” of colored chalk were arranged around the lot to encourage people to move from area to area, tracking the colors as they visited each vendor. What we did not expect were the break-out long jump contests and that dogs too would participate! Seems all enjoyed the art park that day.
Click here to see an article about our park on 562 City Life, or click here to see it featured on ABC7 Eyewitness News!
Studio One Eleven is highlighted in the latest edition of the Long Beach Business Journal. See below for the article, or read it online here.
Studio One Eleven Focuses On Urban Context And Sustainability
For Its Diversity Of Projects
By Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer
LONG BEACH (September 15, 2010) – It’s clear when reading Studio One Eleven’s 10 design principles that the architecture and design firm considers environmental sustainability central to its work, not just an add-on to satisfy industry trends. It is even more evident when examining the details of its projects, which include mixed-use, dwelling, urban retail, campus, community and adaptive re-use. Continue reading →
Studio One Eleven’s Long Beach + Anaheim Senior Artist’s Colony has been awarded the 2010 SAGE “On The Boards” Award, which showcases 50+ residential communities still in the design stage. The SAGE Award is one of the most prestigious honors in the Senior Housing Industry, recognizing individuals, projects, and programs that have made an outstanding contribution to enhancing the quality of life for Southern California residents aged 50+. What made Long Beach + Anaheim attractive to the judges was the contemporary design, as well as the fact that it is located in an urban setting linked to transit with future potential of being associated with a mix of uses, incomes, and multigenerational residents.
As the City of San Juan Capistrano makes efforts to transform their downtown into a more attractive, walkable, unique, business-friendly destination, the issue of parking – as expected – has taken a central role. We at Studio One Eleven are working on a Master Plan for the downtown, and have been part of the recent discussion within the City to implement a new parking ordinance. This ordinance would incorporate the “park once” concept, considering the downtown as a place where people can walk to multiple destinations using a single parking space. Continue reading →