February 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
This month’s Form Magazine features an article about Studio One Eleven’s 4th + Linden project. Read an excerpt below, or view the entire article here.
BE YOUR OWN BOSS
Rather than wait for clients to put a project on the table, leadership at Studio One Eleven in Long Beach, California, took matters into their own hands. Seeking a new space for their offices, the architecture and urban design firm located an ideal opportunity in the midst of Long Beach’s East Village Arts District. They bought three derelict, conjoined buildings sheathed in weathered wood siding, brick tile and stucco and became their own developer.
December 16, 2010 § Leave a comment
This past weekend Studio One Eleven’s 4th + Linden project hosted “MIXMAS – A Celebration of Community, Art & Culture.” It was a great holiday party featuring live art-making, DJs and bands, outdoor film, food, gifts, and more. Lyon Art Supply stayed open late and, with support from the LB Community Foundation Connected Corridor grant, seven community arts groups – including LB Creative, Lyon Art Supply, and Vayden Roi Galleries – banded together to host the event . When we were working on designing the project, we always thought it would be a good place for a party – and it really was. The rear parking lot was great for food carts and outdoor painting, films were screened in the large, unfinished space, and the indoor garage worked out well as a temporary gift store/music hall, which brought new meaning to the term “garage band.” It was great seeing a diverse group come to the East Village to eat, listen to music, mingle with working artists, do a bit of holiday shopping, and just hang out together. Our goal for redeveloping the 4th + Linden project was always about providing a place that nurtures our creative community and, with events like this and the impending opening of Fingerprints and Portfolio across the street, we feel we are well on the way.
November 2, 2010 § Leave a comment
Photo by EPK Photography
The East Village Creative Offices recently welcomed its latest tenant – local developer/contractor JR van Dijs, Inc. When designing the interiors, we maintained a focus on creating a sustainable workplace. By incorporating operable windows to capture ocean breezes, and operable skylights to exhaust hot air from the space, the design eliminated the need for air conditioning. The skylights and windows also contribute to the large amount of daylighting throughout the open office floor plan, so that only individual task or accent lighting is required during the day. This creates comfortable working conditions for the inhabitants, who have control over the indoor environment, and already commented that they feel healthier and happier working with a constant stream of fresh air and natural light. Jan Van Dijs, president of the company, is also happy – the improved environment means his employees are more productive and his energy bills are lower. Sustainability makes its way into the water fixtures, including the installation of dual-flush toilets, and into the interior walls, handrails, and stairs, which are composed of recycled lumber. Using these recycled materials creates a richer, more interesting workplace where the occupants feel good knowing they are minimizing their impact on the environment and contributing to the vitality of the community.
Check out more images of the JR Van Dijs Office on our website: www.studio-111.com
Photo by EPK Photography
(Even Kuma, the company dog, loves being in this space!)