Yearly Archives: 2015

Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA Grand Opening

The Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA, in collaboration with Studio One Eleven, revealed the AIA Long Beach/ South Bay award winning, new design for their facility. The center was first established in 1958, and has become an integral part of the Lakewood Community and will build upon their success with the modern renovation and addition.

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A before and after of the Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA.

The new facility doubled to 32,000 square feet, adding an exercise room, family changing area, yoga room, teen center, children’s center, boardroom and kitchen. The addition and renovation has contributed to a 50% increase toward the facilities existing 5,000-person membership.

“The expanded Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA by Studio One Eleven is smart, new, and well-considered architecture,” notes Lakewood historian D. J. Waldie. “It’s essential that an older suburban community find ways to interpret the past in its future.  Sensitive to its context, the YMCA addition admirably meets the needs of Lakewood’s 21st century residents while recalling the optimism of mid-century design.”

Through thoughtful design concepts and collaborative efforts, the Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA officially presented the facility to the Lakewood community, City of Lakewood officials and key project team members. Congratulations to the Lakewood YMCA and to everyone who was involved on making the project a success.

Lakewood YMCA by Studio 111   -  Photography by Tom Bonner  -  Job ID 6132

West elevation and grand hall overlooking pool

For more information on the Weingart- Lakewood YMCA check out this article presented by the Press Telegram: http://www.presstelegram.com/lifestyle/20151108/lakewood-gets-shiny-new-ymca

1044 Maine Awarded “Project of the Year”

Our project 1044 Maine, located within the Willmore Historic District near Drake Park in Long Beach, was recently awarded “Project of the Year” by the 55+ Housing Council during the Sage Awards Ceremony.

55+ Sage Awards, Oct 2015

As stated by the jury, “The Judges were impressed by the level of care taken to repurpose this building. Creating a vibrant development while providing the necessary senior housing is a noble effort, and the development team did this with great detail and finish.”

Once an abandoned, crime-ridden, courtyard apartment building; now stands a creative, vibrant, affordable, senior focused development.  The building was originally created in the 1920’s with virtually no improvements until Studio One Eleven took the existing six studio and one-bedroom apartments and  reconfigured them into four studio, five one-bedroom and two two-bedroom units.

The renovated project has been embraced by the community for replacing a blighted building with a restored historic asset accompanied with modern conveniences.

Studio 111 Maine Apartments Long Beach CA USA -  Photography by Tom Bonner  -  Job ID 6089

1044 Maine Apartments Long Beach CA USA

Congratulations to the entire design team and a huge thank you to the 55+ Housing Council for this extraordinary recognition.

Inner Space Yoga Opens at The Roost in Santa Ana

Last week The Roost in Santa Ana had yet another soft opening for one of its newest tenants, Inner Space Yoga.

Inner Space Yoga is a community wellness center for the mind, body and spirit. Featuring classes for all walks of life; from kids to people with disabilities, from beginners to advanced and everybody in between, Inner Space has classes for all levels and needs.

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The newly designed studio at The Roost features bare bricks, neutral colors and an exposed ceiling, to allow for an open and relaxing yoga space.

Inner Space Yoga was founded in 2015 by Marta Gumm who has been teaching the disciplines of breathing, mindfulness and meditation to her students in the O.C. area through workshops, private/semi-private classes, neighborhood studios, corporate retreats and local nonprofit organizations.  Now, with her own brick and mortar location at The Roost, Marta is ready to welcome the community to explore the benefits of yoga.

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Marta Gumm leading her class during the grand opening of her new yoga studio

Inner Space Yoga’s mission statement is as follows, “At Inner Space, we believe that looking inwards is just as important as working out. We are here to help you explore your internal landscape. Our yoga and meditation studio has everything you need for the journey.”

Marta sharing her insight on the benefits of yoga

Marta sharing her insight on the benefits of yoga

Other tenants include: Scoops Ice Cream, The Build Shop, American Gastropub Knife & Glass and residential units.

To learn more about Inner Space Yoga visit www.exploreinnerspace.com. For more information on our Studio and our projects visit www.studio-111.com.

 

2015 AIA Long Beach/ South Bay Award Winning Projects

It’s an honor to have been recognized during the AIA Long Beach/ South Bay Chapter awards ceremony, taking home not just one, but three design awards. We were awarded for our projects:  The Long Beach Parklet Program, Formosa South at The Lot, and the Weingart-Lakewood YMCA. Congratulations to everyone who contributed toward each of these winning projects.

Citation Award: Urban Design

Berlin Parklet with pots, cat's paw

The jury recognized the Long Beach Parklet program for a Citation award within its own category of Urban Design and noted, “This community facility renovation is quite elegant. The transparent facade is very inviting to the public and we appreciate the amount of daylight it provides to the large interior space. We enjoy the connectivity of the interior to the exterior and to all of the necessary spaces for what this facility offers. They used a fair amount of restraint in the design that would be required for a project of this nature.”

Merit Award: Commercial

The Lot by Studio 111   Photographed by Tom Bonner -  Job ID 6011

The jury awarded Formosa South at The Lot with a Merit award and said, “This five-story office building showed an elegance that came from restraint. It is a very simple building that looks like it’s a nice place to work. The use of the exterior material is consistent and does not break up the form. Interesting juxtaposition of this building among the older historic buildings. It is quite engaging.”

Merit Award: Commercial

Lakewood YMCA by Studio 111   -  Photography by Tom Bonner  -  Job ID 6132

The jury awarded the Lakewood YMCA with a Merit award and said, “This community facility renovation is quite elegant. The transparent facade is very inviting to the public and we appreciate the amount of daylight it provides to the large interior space. We enjoy the connectivity of the interior to the exterior and to all of the necessary spaces for what this facility offers. They used a fair amount of restraint in the design that would be required for a project of this nature.”

The Benefits of Building Mixed-Use Developments: Featuring Domain in West Hollywood

Domain, one of our mixed-use developments in West Hollywood, was recently featured in Urbanize L.A.  Domain features 166 residential units and approximately 9,000 square feet of ground-level retail and restaurant space.G_Domain_S MONICA and FORMOSA NIGHTSHOTThe project is designed to reinforce the existing community framework through four key measures: activating a pedestrian friendly environment with ample landscape, providing private open spaces to encourage social interaction, and creating permeable edges and connections to the street.

Cities should be encouraged to engage developers who build mixed-use developments. Some of the benefits to building mixed-use properties include:

  • Encouraging other developments to be built within dense areas
  • Creating pedestrian friendly environments
  • Linking the street to the building, transit-oriented developments
  • Curating a mix of tenants- restaurants, residential, retail, etc.
  • Reinforcing existing space to utilize existing buildings

To learn more about Domain and our other mixed-use projects visit our website here or read about the project on Urbanize L.A.