March 28, 2012 § Leave a comment
This week’s sketch is of West Valley Towers in Van Nuys, CA. The redesigned visitors entry incorporates an existing tree and provides a new steel trellis, screen planting, and a water feature to direct guests into the project.
January 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
Studio One Eleven volunteers Eric Gomez (far left) and David Sabunas (far right) assisting at Lowell Elementary tree planting
We take trees seriously. Not only do they bring beauty and nature into our cities, but they also increase property values, provide comfort, reduce the heat island effect, and provide a habitat for birds and insects. On top of that, they get bigger and better with time.
December 5, 2010 § 1 Comment
Sometimes working behind the scenes can be very influential. Architects are not only tasked with making great buildings and places for a variety of clients, but sometimes they can serve as consultants to cities in the role of a “peer review architect”. This role requires architects to critique the work of other architects, providing input on behalf of a city with the intention of getting the best possible result.
For the past few years, we have been working as peer review architects for the cities of Long Beach, Downey, Paramount, and Anaheim, and have come across a range of interesting drawings – from efforts that just needed some tweaking, to designs that needed a little more help. Lately there’s been a lot of activity in Downey, and we wanted to share what’s been built or currently on the drawing boards, and how we’ve contributed to the process.
October 29, 2010 § Leave a comment
Official groundbreaking with Ronald and friends
Demolition of the old apartment building
Rendering of the future Ronald McDonald House
This week construction started on the new Studio One Eleven-designed Long Beach Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald Houses (only peripherally connected to the fast food franchise) are places for families who have children requiring extended hospital care to stay. Ours is adjacent to Miller Children’s Hospital on the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center campus. The House was originally a 50’s apartment building that we are remodeling into a 23-room facility. This is a great charity that does more than just provide families a place to stay during a time of illness (if that was the case, they could give out hotel vouchers to families for less money than it takes to build and operate a house). The part of the house that is special is the sense of community and healing that families can participate in. We hope our design, which features a series of communal gathering spaces and gardens, contributes to that purpose. With this being Long Beach, the theme chosen was “the Big Beach House,” which relates to the tranquility of the ocean, natural materials, and sense of serenity associated with living by the beach. The forms, textures, and colors we used in the remodel – including the landscape design, interiors, and graphics, which was done in-house by David Sabunas and others
– try to capture that spirit.
Construction should take about 10 months. Check back frequently, as we’ll keep our site updated on how things shape up.
September 24, 2010 § Leave a comment
Photos by Leo Delati Photography
September 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
This year we were invited to work with the 4th Street Business Association to assist in converting the parking lot on 4th Street + Cherry Avenue into a park. After a short design charette, we conceived of a park of community based vendors which were loosely organized around a landscape path of different colored chalk footprints.
We re-installed the “Bike Shelter”, a reclaimed wood prototype built by our own David Hernandez, at the corner of the site. This wonderful shelter helped give some visibility to the lot and was quite a centerpiece of discussions; from multi-modal transportation in our communities to issues of sustainability and adaptive re-use.
In addition to our program pieces, we wanted to allow the community to get involved in creating this park. “Welcome Mats” of colored chalk were arranged around the lot to encourage people to move from area to area, tracking the colors as they visited each vendor. What we did not expect were the break-out long jump contests and that dogs too would participate! Seems all enjoyed the art park that day.
September 17, 2010 § Leave a comment
Studio One Eleven is highlighted in the latest edition of the Long Beach Business Journal. See below for the article, or read it online here.
Studio One Eleven Focuses On Urban Context And Sustainability
For Its Diversity Of Projects
By Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer
LONG BEACH (September 15, 2010) – It’s clear when reading Studio One Eleven’s 10 design principles that the architecture and design firm considers environmental sustainability central to its work, not just an add-on to satisfy industry trends. It is even more evident when examining the details of its projects, which include mixed-use, dwelling, urban retail, campus, community and adaptive re-use. Read more…