Monthly Archives: October 2015

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.