Yearly Archives: 2012

Travelers Get First Taste of Long Beach Airport

Long Beach Airport has undergone a dramatic makeover. Gone are the temporary trailers that made it (in)famous, and in their place are two brand new terminal buildings.

Between these buildings, known as the North and South Concourses, is a lush garden court on-axis with the original 1940’s terminal. Within, 10,000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space that is distinctly “Long Beach”. Designed by Studio One Eleven and featuring a variety of Long Beach-based branding partners, spaces reflect the unique character of each retailer and complement the terminals’ simple designs with a contemporary aesthetic.

Celebrating Southern California’s temperate climate, the design incorporates three distinct patios comprising 4,200 square feet of outdoor seating. Features within the patios include a fire place and fire table, living wall, cabanas, suspended lights, landscaping, and an area for outdoor performances.

Building on the airport’s popularity for its affordability and convenience, these improvements have transformed Long Beach Airport into a relaxed, resort-like destination that might just encourage travelers to arrive early!

For more info, check out these links:

A|N Blog: Yes, This is an Airport.

KABC News: LGB Ribbon Cutting

LB Press Telegram: Long Beach Airport opens long-awaited new concourse to passengers

Creating a “Front Door” at The Oaks

The Oaks is an elementary school that rents its classroom space from the historic United Methodist Church in Hollywood. The school has matured and grown beyond the original two classrooms it had in 1986, but has not had a plan in place to direct its growth and unify its circulation and various spaces.

Our challenge is to provide interior space planning that connects current and future classrooms as well as to design an exterior façade that will give the school a clear point of entry. Our design includes direct interior access to classrooms, a wall graphic inspired by the school logo, a large oak tree, and a covered porch with trellis-covered seating.

The intent is to create a new “front door” to the school, and these elements will work together to provide The Oaks with the distinct identity and inviting presence it’s been missing.

The Oaks – Existing Condition

We Do What It Takes

Christian Arndt goes the extra mile at Long Beach Airport.

The retail interiors at Long Beach Airport are scheduled to be complete in two weeks, so there are a lot of folks working to install finish materials, equipment, and displays. On most days more than 60 people are working double shifts!

On Friday we noticed one of the tiles specified for the wine bar (a coconut wall tile that has a cork like texture) was being installed at the signage bulkhead. To the dismay of the owner, several panel joints were visible. Considering the tight schedule, Studio One Eleven immediately found an appropriate matching caulk color, purchased it, and on Sunday Michael Bohn and Christian Arndt were up on scaffolding caulking the visible joints. The owners will fly in this week to review the progress of the project and we are convinced they will approve the coconut tile installation. We do whatever it takes to get the job done!

DJ Arkatekt Spins at AIA Design Awards

This year’s AIA Los Angeles Design Awards ceremony was not just any awards event. Set at the Broad Stage in the Santa Monica Performing Arts Center, guests comprised of some of the most influential decision makers in the city, including architects, civic leaders, media personalities, and journalists. Highlighting the event was DJ Moby, who introduced the 2012 Design Award winners. According to fellow attendees, “he was eloquent, funny, and turned out to be an even bigger architecture fan than we thought!”

However, the real highlight of the evening was the masterful spinning of Studio One Eleven’s own DJ Arkatekt!

“For me, this was one of the best events I’ve had the opportunity to spin because I was playing for my fellow Architects, as well as Moby himself. His album “Play” helped me get through my 3rd year of Architecture school. I don’t normally spin much electronic music, but Moby is definitely someone I admire as a musician and it was a privilege to have him as part of my audience.” said DJ Arkatekt, a.k.a. Eric Gomez, senior designer at Studio One Eleven. “It was fun being able to set the mood for the evening, before and after the actual awards ceremony. I was able to spin a lot of uptempo jazz & lounge type of music, which I don’t really get to play very often, and it influenced me to put together a “soundtrack” mix for the night which I will make available on my SoundCloud in the next few weeks.”

Moby, who is known for his sample-based electronic music, vegan lifestyle, and support of animal rights, recently started an architecture blog called Moby Los Angeles Architecture.

You can follow DJ Arkatekt on Facebook and download mixes on his SoundCloud.