Season’s Greetings Through the Years

December 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

We look forward to sending a holiday greeting to our friends and colleagues at the end of each year. It’s a small gesture that lets them know we appreciate them and wish nothing but the best in the year to come. It’s also an opportunity to share a little piece of ourselves, because each card is a moment in time reflecting where we are, where we’ve been, and who we are as a studio. Looking back, we’ve had a few great ones.

Happy Holidays to all of our wonderful blog readers. May your year be full of bright ideas.

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AIA Award for 420 4th Street. Rock On!

December 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Alan Pullman Jams with Foo Fighters at 420 4th Street’s Fingerprints

We (with help from Interstices) just won a 2011 AIA Long Beach/South Bay Design Award for 420 4th Street – our third consecutive win! Check out all the entries and winners here.

Building Communities Through Affordable Housing

December 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

The demand for affordable housing is greater than ever, and rows of uninspired boxes just don’t cut it anymore. Be it for seniors or the homeless, creating housing for specific needs requires unique considerations, and we have recently been working on a diverse portfolio of housing that highlights how different user-types create uniquely different designs.

Each of the projects below craved a fresh approach, and the innovative solutions we implemented produced distinctively refreshing results.

Long Beach Senior Arts Colony

Long Beach Senior Arts Colony is a 200-unit senior living development adjacent to one of the most significant transit nodes in the city. The first of two-phases, this project includes a significant amount of community amenities oriented toward continued learning for its residents. Located on a vibrant commercial corridor, the ground floor is activated with art studios, galleries, lobbies (that double as more gallery space) and fitness, billiards, and technology centers. A diversity of outdoor spaces including a community garden, a theater, and a dog park provide senior residents with a variety of experiences to find inspiration for their future creative expressions. Read more…

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