Monthly Archives: November 2012

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.

Curtain Wall Analysis – Edison Lofts

Edison Lofts is an adaptive reuse project which converts a downtown office building into new market-rate apartments. The project scope includes the remodel of two one-story pavilions that define a newly landscaped entry court, a ten-story tower, and an existing parking structure. Comprising 125,000 square feet overall, the City of Long Beach views this development as a key gateway icon that will serve as a visual link between the East Village Arts District and the Pine Avenue Entertainment District. Our design was selected by the city during a competitive RFP process because of the vibrant retail street life proposed at the ground floor and the retention of the original mid-century character of the tower.

A curtain wall analysis was completed to understand how to carefully incorporate mechanical systems to support the building’s conversion to housing while retaining the integrity of the exterior façade. Our conclusions were as follows:

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