Monthly Archives: March 2011

We’re Lovin’ It – Long Beach Ronald McDonald House Under Construction

LB Ronald McDonald House Rendering, September 2009

LB Ronald McDonald House Construction Photo, March 2011

The Long Beach Ronald McDonald House site is located at 500 East 27th Street in Long Beach. Once a multi-family apartment building, it is being remodeled into a 16,800 sf extended-care facility that will provide a “home-away-from-home” for children and families stuggling with illness. Just a block away from Long Beach Memorial Medical Center’s Miller Children’s Hospital, our “Big Beach House” design features 25 guest rooms, support spaces, and administrative space as well as a series of communal gathering spaces and gardens. We’re very proud to be associated with a project that, in just a few months, will provide a healing sanctuary to families during a very difficult time in their lives.

To learn more about Long Beach Ronald McDonald House, click here.

Studio One Eleven Births a Renaissance

Though still unfinished, Fingerprints and Berlin are already attracting clientele.

The Long Beach Business Journal has featured us in an article about the transformation of Long Beach’s East Village; from a seedy and dilapidated old neighborhood to a blossoming hub of arts and culture, the East Village Arts District is rejuvenating the heart of downtown – and getting noticed. Read the piece below, or view it here.

While most commercial projects are still stymied by the economic downturn, there’s one pocket of Long Beach where business is swiftly taking a new form.

A mixture of public seed money, infrastructure improvements, private investment and an innovative approach to redevelopment in the past year has transformed this small corridor on the northern section of the East Village Arts District. A wave of interest has come from local patrons and independent businesses, willing to put their money and confidence into a once dilapidated set of old buildings at 4th Street and Linden Avenue. Continue reading

Points of Interest

We enjoy exploring. Whether it’s a walk down the street or a 16 hour flight, we love seeing sights and learning what makes a city successful. If a place happens to be particularly remarkable, we pick up a lot of fun and useful information that we like to pass on. We do this in the form of our Points of Interest. These maps are useful sightseeing guides for those of you that share our same interests; from cool local hangouts to buildings and neighborhoods of historical significance, Points of Interest are a tour of what we think is worth checking out. Our list of cities will be ever-growing, so check back often and travel with us!

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Revitalizing with Sensitivity

Andy Street – Existing elevation with a tired, uninviting, windowless façade.

As the Housing Development Company’s urban, architectural, and landscape design consultant, we at Studio One Eleven were recently approached with a couple of façade improvement projects in Long Beach. Andy Street and Atlantic Avenue, though many miles apart, held the same primary challenge: namely, how to freshen a 1950’s modern building into both a better place to live and a better neighbor to the surrounding community.

Through diverse materials, color, new windows, varied roof parapets, and landscaping, we updated the blank walls, faded paint, and dated components – all while respecting and enhancing the modern style of the existing buildings in a cost-sensitive manner. Continue reading