Rendering for our Long Beach Senior Arts Colony project, which is about to break ground and will be complete in 2012.
It’s been a fruitful year of ground-breakings, tree plantings, awards, new projects, and a whole lot of construction documents. We’re especially looking forward to seeing many of these drawings turn into built work in 2011, as well as continuing to grow in the areas of community buildings, affordable housing, landscape architecture and graphic design.
Studio One Eleven will be closed for business between December 24, 2010 and January 3, 2011. Enjoy the holidays and see you in the new year!
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This past weekend Studio One Eleven’s 4th + Linden project hosted “MIXMAS – A Celebration of Community, Art & Culture.” It was a great holiday party featuring live art-making, DJs and bands, outdoor film, food, gifts, and more. Lyon Art Supply stayed open late and, with support from the LB Community Foundation Connected Corridor grant, seven community arts groups – including LB Creative, Lyon Art Supply, and Vayden Roi Galleries – banded together to host the event . When we were working on designing the project, we always thought it would be a good place for a party – and it really was. The rear parking lot was great for food carts and outdoor painting, films were screened in the large, unfinished space, and the indoor garage worked out well as a temporary gift store/music hall, which brought new meaning to the term “garage band.” It was great seeing a diverse group come to the East Village to eat, listen to music, mingle with working artists, do a bit of holiday shopping, and just hang out together. Our goal for redeveloping the 4th + Linden project was always about providing a place that nurtures our creative community and, with events like this and the impending opening of Fingerprints and Portfolio across the street, we feel we are well on the way.
More info can be found at lbcreative.org.
More photos by EPK Photography are viewable on flikr.
The location of mechanical venting is often overlooked in building design. It requires careful coordination between structural elements such as posts, beams, hold-downs and codes in order to make the building’s façade appear harmonious. Often times you can integrate mechanical venting into a thoughtful detail – as seen in the cover plates or in the detail our office has produced, both illustrated above. However, when this is not addressed it can look like an uncoordinated afterthought, as shown below. Though this effort can be “exhausting,” it is well worth it.
Sometimes working behind the scenes can be very influential. Architects are not only tasked with making great buildings and places for a variety of clients, but sometimes they can serve as consultants to cities in the role of a “peer review architect”. This role requires architects to critique the work of other architects, providing input on behalf of a city with the intention of getting the best possible result.
For the past few years, we have been working as peer review architects for the cities of Long Beach, Downey, Paramount, and Anaheim, and have come across a range of interesting drawings – from efforts that just needed some tweaking, to designs that needed a little more help. Lately there’s been a lot of activity in Downey, and we wanted to share what’s been built or currently on the drawing boards, and how we’ve contributed to the process.