Monthly Archives: March 2013

A Letter from Collage


Our mission at Studio One Eleven is to create more vibrant communities through an integrated practice of architecture, urbanism, and landscape design. Judging from the following letter, sent to us by a current resident at our Collage apartment project, we are accomplishing our goal one project at a time.

To whom it may concern,

I was one of the first people to move into Collage Apartments. Before I moved into my wonderful apartment home I was homeless with my daughter and pregnant with my son. We were staying in over-priced dirty motels. When I got a call for an interview to live at Collage, I was overjoyed. I watched Collage being built, and I thought “One day, I hope to live in a place as beautiful as that”. Now, I’m lucky to say that I DO live here, and my apartment overlooks the tot-lot where I can watch my daughter safely play as I am in the kitchen making dinner.

The look on my daughter’s face when I gave her the tour of Collage was unforgettable. All she could say was, “I love our new home, Mommy”. Our brand new apartment includes a refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dishwasher. I am also thrilled to have a parking garage! We have barbeque grills, a tot lot, and a community garden where all the residents can grow their own vegetables. The gates around the property are always locked, and we even have a security guard at night. The police also patrol the area often, which has made the streets safer. We have access to a computer lab, resident services, and after school programs. One of the programs is for healthier eating and staying fit – my daughter and I look forward to being a part of that.

Our home is in the center of Long Beach and we are surrounded by parks. My daughter’s school is walking distance, and we are only 2 blocks from the Metro Train that we often use to take trips downtown to the beach, the movies, and Shoreline Village. A local grocery store is only 3 blocks away and they have a free van service to bring you home with your food and help you to your door.

These apartments are a wonderful blessing, not only to me but also to the community. I love that I can live in a beautiful place where I can pay the rent without any worries, and that I live so close to places that I can walk to. Living here makes me feel that I can accomplish anything. Thank you, Studio One Eleven, for my first real place I can call home.