Archinect - News 2014-04-24T15:15:27-04:00 OMA's winning Santa Monica design is rejected by city council members Archinect 2013-09-04T15:38:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:50:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The design called for a series of rectangular buildings skewed on an axis comprised of ground-floor retail, office development and proposed residential and flex office space and the upper section would be a hotel, according to city officials. &ldquo;I have to say that the Metro Pacific is a beautiful project and you look at it and it&rsquo;s stunning architecturally,&rdquo; Davis said. &ldquo;The affordable housing is kind of an afterthought &hellip; . It&rsquo;s a little unclear of how many units we are going to get.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> OMA’s Winning “The Plaza at Santa Monica” Entry Alexander Walter 2013-07-23T21:10:00-04:00 >2013-07-24T12:05:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA is on a winning spree on both American coasts right now: we reported last week that the team consisting of OMA, Tishman Realty and UIA Management had won the Miami Beach Convention Center Master Plan competition, and just earlier this month, OMA's New York office was also declared winner of a major competition for a mixed use development in Santa Monica, California. In both cases, OMA's submissions prevailed over entries by fellow finalists Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" target="_blank">OMA Wins Miami Beach Convention Center Competition</a></p> Frank Gehry designing new tower in Santa Monica Archinect 2013-03-04T11:52:00-05:00 >2013-12-25T13:01:22-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="452" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Gehry is designing a new 22-story tower that developers want to build in downtown Santa Monica, near the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, according to the official website for the project. The structure will feature space for a hotel and condominiums, as well as restaurant and retail space.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Santa Monica Complete Green Street Breaks Ground Alexander Walter 2012-01-23T15:20:00-05:00 >2012-01-25T10:19:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by John Kaliski Architects, in conjunction with Lawrence Moss &amp; Associates, Landscape Architects, and Kimley-Horn &amp; Associates, Civil Engineers, the Ocean Park Boulevard Complete Green Street recently broke ground on December 12, 2011. When completed in early 2013, it will be the longest complete green street in the City of Santa Monica, and one of the longest in Southern California.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Gehry’s Santa Monica Residence Wins AIA Twenty-Five Year Award Alexander Walter 2012-01-11T17:51:00-05:00 >2012-01-12T19:30:26-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the Gehry Residence in Santa Monica, California for the 2012 AIA Twenty-five Year Award. [...] A seemingly ad hoc collection of raw, workmanlike materials wrapped around an unassuming two-story clapboard bungalow, Frank Gehry&rsquo;s, FAIA, home for his wife, Berta, and two sons found a literal, but unexpected, answer to the question of neighborhood context, and used it to forever re-shape the formal and material boundaries of architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The covert birth of Apple's next Santa Monica store Archinect 2011-12-09T13:58:00-05:00 >2012-11-16T18:04:23-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... according to a person familiar with the plans who is bound by a nondisclosure agreement, Apple has already begun work on such a store in Santa Monica. Like the Peter Bohlin-designed Apple Store on New York's Upper West Side, it will have a tall, striking glass storefront...</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Santa Monica store episode also illustrates Apple's unusually covert way of doing business. Interviews with almost two dozen people familiar with Apple Store negotiations say the Cupertino, California, company sometimes employs uncommon legal tactics, refuses to name itself in public documents and hearings, and has sworn city government officials to secrecy.</p> Ground Level: One more good-looking garage in Santa Monica Archinect 2011-07-06T16:39:00-04:00 >2012-10-05T13:41:40-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="457" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But the real show is outside, where the garage includes a number of large-scale public-art installations, including pieces by Anne Marie Karlsen (along 2nd Street) and L.A. firm Ball-Nogues Studio (along 4th Street). The Ball-Nogues piece, called &ldquo;Cradle,&rdquo; features hundreds of stainless-steel spheres suspended from one of the garage&rsquo;s exterior walls. The design is open-ended enough to suggest both sea foam and a Newton&rsquo;s Cradle...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Santa Monica's Field Operations Orhan Ayyüce 2011-06-15T18:59:53-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Santa Monica&rsquo;s $46.1 Mil Park Moves Forward. A crowd of about 200 Santa Monicans were on hand at the June 14 Santa Monica City Council&rsquo;s consideration of the planned public parks to be placed in front of city hall. After a presentation by designer James Corner followed by a lovefest of public comment, the council proceeded with overall design plans and construction documents for Palisades Garden Walk, despite its $46.1 million price tag.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Now, I will quote myself when I said this to the journalist friend who asked my opinion on the proposal.</p> <p> <em>"The real critique of this park is not only the physical aspects of the complicated site but the "consumerist development" Santa Monica had adopted since the 80's on.<br> James Corner's park could be real useful if he understands this development policy that changed the personality of Santa Monica and somehow pairs its "gin fizz urbanism" with the real community "DNA" of Santa Monica as the "people's city." &nbsp;In short, if he can negotiate and balance it with consuming tourists and wealthy gentrification, then, perhaps, we would see a really good park for the money.<br> Without being nostalgic, Santa Monica could use a little inspiration from the old negative propaganda of intrepid developers, where it was regarded as "Peoples Republic of Santa Monica." &nbsp;Within the context of the late shiny developments, the city could now own this old misplaced adage and be proud of its progressive ...</em></p> Venice vs. Santa Monica: Is the Architecture Different? Paul Petrunia 2011-05-23T19:57:25-04:00 >2011-05-23T19:57:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Those homeboys over at the American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles (AIA|LA) are so bad, drumming up biz for their May 15 architectural home tour called "Ve &ne; SaMo (Venice is not Santa Monica)" by asking if the two locales drove different architecture -- say, Santa Monica soccer mom versus Venice Bohemian daddy. Everyone knows Venice is dead, cemented over by gentrification, and the emerging artist crew has moved onto Inglewood.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>