Archinect - News 2019-01-19T07:38:19-05:00 FBI corruption probe follows Chinese investments in high-profile Downtown L.A. developments Alexander Walter 2019-01-15T19:05:00-05:00 >2019-01-15T19:05:15-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The rapid transformation of downtown Los Angeles&rsquo; skyline is being fueled in good measure by huge investments from Chinese companies eager to burnish their global brands and capitalize on L.A.&rsquo;s real estate boom. Now some of those projects have become a focus of federal agents seeking evidence of possible bribery, extortion, money laundering and other crimes as part of a corruption investigation at City Hall.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The FBI search warrant lists a number of high-profile property developers and real estate companies from mainland China that have considerably shaped the skyline of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown Los Angeles</a> with monumental high-rise projects in recent years, such as&nbsp;Shenzhen New World Group, Shenzhen Hazens, Greenland USA, and Oceanwide. No specific charges have been brought forward at this point of the investigation.</p> FreelandBuck completes Second House, a knotty little home in Culver City Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-01-15T18:50:00-05:00 >2019-01-17T12:01:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In a dense patch of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Culver City</a> lies Second House, the newest home built by the Los&nbsp;Angeles&shy; and&shy; New&nbsp;York&shy;-based&nbsp;architecture&nbsp;office of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FreelandBuck</a>, run by David Freeland and Brennan Buck. Given the fact that the home is on a small lot without the affordance of views to the nearly Baldwin Hills, the house was designed to turn inward as a means of encouraging dynamic tensions between interior spaces and small courtyards. Taking a moment to read the two floor plans (below) illustrates the complexity achieved within such a small footprint.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Second House Floor Plans. Courtesy of FreelandBuck</figcaption></figure><p>Distinctions between interior and exterior spaces are intentionally blurry, but are made a little bit more legible by the choice of materials. Tightveined grey limestone is used on exterior flooring, for instance, while white stained knotty pine is used for interior spaces. The weaving of the two makes exploring the home much more dynamic than one might expect from a two-bedroom home.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Second House,...</figcaption></figure> An immersive 35,000 square foot art park opens in Los Angeles' Arts District Katherine Guimapang 2019-01-14T15:32:00-05:00 >2019-01-14T17:29:26-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Arts District in downtown Los Angeles is filled with several must-see locations. Now home to one of the world's first fully immersive entertainment art park, Wisdome LA allows for visitors to enter into unforgettable audio and visual experience. The park features five fully immersive <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">domes</a>&nbsp; that are outfitted for 360-degree visual and audio entertainment. Each dome is fitted with 10.1 surround sound to enhance the shared <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VR experience</a> that showcases the future of art, entertainment, and technology.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Wisdome LA</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image @ Wisdome LA</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Tanya Nesta</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; WisdomeLA</figcaption></figure><p>The park can hold up to 1,000 people inside and around the domes. Through the use of 360-degree projection mapping technology, the domes display beautifully mesmerizing images. The centerpiece of the exhibition will feature renowned <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">digital artist</a> Android Jones and his project, <em>Samskara</em>. "This city is one of the creative capitals of the worlds and is filled with people looking to learn, try something different, a...</p> Hem opens its first US showroom with a vibrant site-specific installation by Endemic Architecture in Downtown Los Angeles Katherine Guimapang 2019-01-11T12:18:00-05:00 >2019-01-14T12:08:33-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Quickly becoming a must know name in the realm of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">furniture</a> and design, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stockholm</a>-based furniture brand Hem makes opens its first US showroom. In collaboration with Madera, the brand will be partnering with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Endemic Architecture</a>'s founder and director <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clark Thenhaus</a> to design a site-specific installation. Thenhaus, most noted for his larger than life project <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Confetti Urbanism</a></em>&nbsp;will take inspiration from his previous project to create <em>Confetti Courtyard</em>. This installation will showcase Thenhaus's knack for combining primitive <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">forms</a> and shapes with dynamic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">colors</a> to create an unforgettable spatial experience.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Confetti Urbanism - CCA Back Lot Image &copy; Clark Thenhaus / Endemic Architecture</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Confetti Courtyard by Clark Thenhaus / Endemic Architecture</figcaption></figure><p>Known for collaborating with innovative designers and brands, Hem embraces their new West Coast showroom with the colorful graphic work&nbsp; Thenhaus delivers. Hem's new headquarters will have the walls, floors, and other surfaces directly painted on...</p> Safe from demolition, ​Richard Neutra's Chuey House seeks "preservation-minded buyer​" Justine Testado 2019-01-04T17:36:00-05:00 >2019-01-04T18:10:54-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Los Angeles Conservancy, which spearheaded the landmarking efforts, canceled plans to name the property a Historic-Cultural Monument after agreeing to a deal with owners Paul and Gigi Shepherd to &ldquo;take demolition off the table.&rdquo; That means buyers must be willing to relocate the home if they plan to build on the stunning hillside vista where it sits.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Now listed for $6.25 million, Richard Neutra's historic Chuey House in Hollywood Hills is still up for grabs. &ldquo;According to listing material, the one and a half acres upon which [the house] sits could accommodate a 20,000 square foot megamansion. That&rsquo;s more than 10 times the size of the existing structure,&rdquo; the article states.</p> Inglewood NFL Stadium takes shape as roof truss is set into place Justine Testado 2019-01-03T14:25:00-05:00 >2019-01-03T14:25:43-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Crews from AECOM Hunt and Turner Construction are hoisting the components of the stadium's immense roof truss into place. The metal structure will eventually be wrapped with a canopy of the plastic material ETFE, which will give the structure a translucent coat on which the logos of both its occupants can be displayed. Scheduled to open in 2020, the 70,000-seat stadium is scheduled to host the 2022 Super Bowl, and is also poised to play a key role in the 2028 Summer Olympic games.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Construction of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inglewood NFL Stadium</a>&nbsp;moves forward as its distinctive roof truss is hoisted into place. Meanwhile, in a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent report from KTLA 5</a>, longtime business owners in Inglewood are already worried that they may have to move out&nbsp;due to rapidly rising rents as the stadium is built.</p> Are you a senior level architect looking for a fresh start? Begin the new year with these 9 senior architect job opportunities Katherine Guimapang 2019-01-03T13:43:00-05:00 >2019-01-15T01:16:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The new year is upon us! There are plenty of things the architecture community can learn from 2018. With trends rising and falling out of style, to practices learning how to embody an ethical and inclusive model, industry leaders are looking to start the new year on the right foot. <br></p> <p>This week's job round-up features 9 firms who are looking for the right candidates to tackle the new year with them. From female-led firms to studios whose work addresses fresh approaches to design, 2019 never looked brighter. Be bold this year and apply!</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>SO Reneovation Image &copy; Inscape Studio</figcaption></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inscape Studio</a> seeks a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Senior Associate Architect</a> in Washington, DC<br></strong><em>A senior associate will manage the associates and interns on projects that they are the lead architect. A senior associate will provide quality control on small scale projects led by an associate. The ideal candidate will have 6-10 years experience in commercial and/or residential architecture, strong design and graphic skills, and an ability to work ...</em></p> Last chance to visit Sou Fujimoto: Futures of the Future Alexander Walter 2018-12-31T13:31:00-05:00 >2018-12-31T13:32:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Few are the architectural models that can be eaten with onion dip. But then again, few are the architects who create experimental models quite like Sou Fujimoto. [...] Collectively, the experimental models &mdash; part of a series dubbed &ldquo;Architecture is Everywhere&rdquo; &mdash; represent a dextrous ability with materials.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Carolina Miranda reviews the ongoing Sou Fujimoto exhibition&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Futures of the Future</a></em> at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan House Los Angeles</a>. Initially scheduled to close in mid-December, the popular show has been extended through Sunday, January 6.&nbsp;</p> <figure><img src=";w=1028"><figcaption>"Futures of the Future" exhibition, photo (c) JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles</figcaption></figure><p>Can't make it to LA in time? Listen to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's conversation with Fujimoto</a> on the occasion of the event opening.</p> <p></p> Can you recognize these blockbuster movie hotel rooms? Katherine Guimapang 2018-12-26T15:39:00-05:00 >2019-01-02T13:09:26-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Architecture and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">film</a> have had a longstanding partnership. Many iconic blockbuster hits would not have been the same without the magic of talented set and stage designers. If you're planning your next <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">movie</a> marathon, check out these 7 famous <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hotel</a> rooms that have dawned the big screen. Thanks to the creative imaginations and talents of architects Jelena Popovic and Barbara Lew, these famous hotel rooms were brought to life.</p> <p>&darr;&nbsp;<strong>Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA</strong><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>From the film Pretty Woman - Image courtesy of Expedia</figcaption></figure><p>Staring Julia Roberts and Richard Greer, the film&nbsp;takes place in this Los Angeles hotel. In the film, the onscreen chemistry between Roberts and Greer depicts a classic Cinderella story where two unlikely people fall in love.<br></p> <p><strong>&darr;&nbsp;Park Hyatt Hotel Tokyo in Tokyo, JP</strong></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>From the film Lost in Translation - Image courtesy of Expedia</figcaption></figure><p><em></em>In Sophia Coppola's romantic comedy, Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson display platonic love in the alluring city of Tokyo. As the two s...</p> Morphosis unveils wild new design for a hotel to be built on the infamous Viper Room site on Sunset Strip Paul Petrunia 2018-12-17T14:47:00-05:00 >2019-01-02T20:31:16-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The project, which would rise at 8850-8878 Sunset Boulevard, calls for the construction of a 15-story building featuring 115 guest rooms, ground-floor commercial space, and various guest amenities. The proposed development would also incorporate 31 condominiums, 10 units of affordable housing, and parking for up to 300 vehicles.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 15-story, 200 foot tall design is composed of two drastically different volumes separated by a large open gap. The volume on the east side of the lot appears to be a relatively standard steel and glass&nbsp;orthogonal structure, while the form on the west side of the lot is a highly articulated, fluid structure that brings Zaha Hadid's forms to mind. The base of the two structures in the concept design rendering appears to provide some outdoor space, perhaps an outdoor amphitheater, above the ground floor commercial level.</p> Itching to move west? Here are 10 west coast firms still looking for the perfect candidate Katherine Guimapang 2018-12-12T15:20:00-05:00 >2018-12-13T13:35:31-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With 2018 slowly coming to a close, firms are prepping for the new year. This week Archinect has picked <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">west coast</a>-based firms who are still searching for the perfect candidate to join their team. Ranging from four major cities along the west coast, check out firms hiring in&nbsp;<a href=";q_radius=0&amp;region_id=2056156&amp;location=San+Francisco%2C+CA%2C+US&amp;submit=Search" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>, <a href=";q_radius=0&amp;region_id=2054699&amp;location=Los+Angeles%2C+CA%2C+US&amp;submit=Search" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, <a href=";q_radius=0&amp;region_id=2139952&amp;location=Portland%2C+OR%2C+US&amp;submit=Search" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portland</a>, and <a href=";q_radius=0&amp;region_id=2176840&amp;location=Seattle%2C+WA%2C+US&amp;submit=Search" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Laurel Heights - Noa Design + Construction Image &copy; Nicole Franzen</figcaption></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Noa Design + Construction</a> seeks an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural Designer</a> in San Francisco</strong><br><em>Candidate must have experience in high end residential projects.&nbsp; The designer position requires exemplary design skills and proficiency in detailing and in the technical fundamentals of architecture and interior design. The architectural designer will work under the direct supervision of a senior designer collaborating on all phases of design, production, and on-site administration. This position requires the ability to work within all phases of design and construction. As a major component our work focuses on integrating de...</em></p> Downtown LA's beloved Parker Center Tower to be demolished Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-12-11T18:26:00-05:00 >2018-12-14T01:24:47-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>On Monday, the giant claw of a large piece of machinery tore away at one of the walls of Parker Center, the former headquarters of the Los Angeles Police Department. Vacant since 2013, [Parker Center Tower] will be cleared out and a 27-story high-rise will take its place, holding offices for city employees and services that are now spread across multiple buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles has an unfortunate history of erasing its not too-distant past, and it continues to show no mercy to the era of hard-edged modernism. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parker Center Tower</a>, one such building the Downtown Los Angeles, is the most recent to suffer from the city's need to tear itself down and reimagine its future.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514" alt="Parker Center Tower, 1954. Photographer unknown." title="Parker Center Tower, 1954. Photographer unknown."></a></p></figure><p>Completed in 1954, Parker Center Tower is one of the few modernist buildings Downtown. It was the official headquarters for the Los Angeles police department from 1954 until 2009, at which point the department moved into the sleek AECOM-designed building on First and Main.</p> <p>The demolition of Parker Center Tower is an unfortunate reminder that, without the proper permitting, few buildings of significant architectural value are truly saved from the wrecking ball in Los Angeles.</p> Plans for aerial tram connecting LA's Dodger Stadium with Union Station move forward Alexander Walter 2018-12-11T13:22:00-05:00 >2018-12-11T13:24:57-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Metro CEO Phil Washington announced Thursday that the agency had signed a letter of intent with a company called Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies that plans to build an aerial tram running between Union Station and the stadium. The letter will allow the agency to begin negotiations with the company in order to allow the proposal to move forward.</p></em><br /><br /><p>That crazy-sounding plan to shuttle thousands of baseball fans from Los Angeles Union Station to Dodger Stadium on game days has become slightly less crazy with Metro's decision to take a closer look at the lofty transportation scheme <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">proposed earlier this year</a> by&nbsp;Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Potentially taking them out to the ball game (and back). Image: ARTT LLC.</figcaption></figure><p>Meanwhile <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boring</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Car</a>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Space</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brick</a> guy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk</a> has <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">proposed his own</a> (not entirely uncontroversial) transit plan for Los Angeles in the hope of alleviating the recurring traffic mess that stifles Dodger Stadium-adjacent neighborhoods on home-game days.</p> This anonymous L.A. artist is installing new bus-stop benches in the city's Eastside Justine Testado 2018-11-28T15:18:00-05:00 >2018-11-29T04:45:17-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Some of his benches have become part of the fabric of the city &mdash; sat on and rained on, captured on Google Street View and even vandalized. Scrawled in tidy handwriting on one bench was, &ldquo;i love it, thank you,&rdquo; punctuated by a small heart. His greatest frustration is that whoever is removing them is leaving bus riders with no place to sit. The benches and their removal get at one of the more byzantine corners of transit bureaucracy in Los Angeles.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Realizing he had no place to rest at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bus stop</a> near his Eastside home while recovering from a knee injury, this anonymous Los Angeles artist took matters into his own hands and began installing benches at neglected bus stops around the area. Unsurprisingly, some of his benches have been removed, shedding light on L.A.'s frustratingly tedious process to approve the installation of more bus benches and shelters.</p> Construction on OMA's Audrey Irmas Pavilion kicks off in Los Angeles Alexander Walter 2018-11-12T13:59:00-05:00 >2018-11-14T09:32:49-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The oldest Jewish congregation in Los Angeles, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilshire Boulevard Temple</a>, broke ground on its anticipated $75 million <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a>-designed expansion over the weekend. <br></p> <p>Named after the project's lead donor, the new Audrey Irmas Pavilion will rise right next to the Temple's historic sanctuary and will house spaces for multi-use cultural and religious purposes. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of OMA New York</figcaption></figure><p>The expansion effort is led by OMA partner <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shohei Shigematsu</a> and Rem Koolhaas as Partner-in-collaboration. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gruen Associates</a> is the executive architect, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio-MLA</a> oversees the landscape architecture, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arup</a> is the engineering partner on the project.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>View from across Wilshire Boulevard. Image courtesy of OMA New York</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;Focusing on communicating the energy of gathering and exchange, the pavilion is an active gesture, shaped by respectful moves away from the surrounding historic buildings, reaching out onto Wilshire Boulevard to create a new presence," said Shohei Shigematsu. "We are thrilled to break ground ...</p> The Brady Bunch home gets its own HGTV makeover show Alexander Walter 2018-11-07T15:10:00-05:00 >2018-11-07T18:08:26-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>After purchasing the Brady Bunch home in August, HGTV is moving forward with plans to remodel the iconic Studio City ranch house seen in nearly every episode of the 1970s sitcom. The network announced Thursday that the home&rsquo;s overhaul has officially begun, with six original cast members and some of HGTV&rsquo;s most recognizable hosts gathering at the house to kick off renovation work.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brady Bunch home</a> will return to television once again: while the midcentury house in Studio City,&nbsp;CA&nbsp;actually only served for exterior shots when the show originally aired&nbsp;in the 60s and 70s, it will now be the raison d'&ecirc;tre of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HGTV</a>'s upcoming home-makeover series,&nbsp;<em>A Very Brady Renovation</em>, the network <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> last week.</p> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> View this post on Instagram </a> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The grooviest HGTV project of the year kicked off in a big way with a very Brady renovation day.</a><br> A post shared by <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> HGTV</a> (@hgtv) on Nov 2, 2018 at 4:06pm PDT<br><p>"In the coming months, HGTV will execute a show-stopping transformation by adding 2,000 square feet to its original footprint&mdash;all without compromising its instantly recognizable street view," a company statement announces. "HGTV home renovation stars also will reimagine the popular show&rsquo;s interior set design, working to ensure that the final renovation results stay true to the spirit of the Brady Bunch family home that everyone loves and remembers. From the unfor...</p> Work on Frank Gehry's The Grand towers to kick off this month Alexander Walter 2018-11-07T13:52:00-05:00 >2018-11-07T13:58:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>With a $630-million construction loan in hand, Related Cos. will begin site preparation this month for The Grand, a long-awaited Frank Gehry-designed tower complex in Downtown Los Angeles.&nbsp; The approximately $1-billion development, slated to replace a parking structure across the street from Walt Disney Concert Hall, was conceived more than a decade ago as a public-private partnership between Related and various city and county agencies.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Gehry Partners/Related Cos.</figcaption></figure><p>About a decade delayed, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>-designed The Grand development (formerly known as&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grand Avenue Project</a>) will finally start coming to life&nbsp;atop Bunker Hill in Downtown Los Angeles. Pre-construction work is scheduled to commence this month on the plot that sits&nbsp;vis-&agrave;-vis Gehry's other neighborhood landmark, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walt Disney Concert Hall</a> completed in 2003.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Gehry Partners/Related Cos.</figcaption></figure><p>The $1 billion mixed-use project comprises two towers (one&nbsp;39-story&nbsp;residential high-rise and a&nbsp;20-story hotel), a central public plaza, a movie theater, restaurants as well as retail spaces. Completion is scheduled for late 2021.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Gehry Partners/Related Cos.</figcaption></figure> The team at Laney LA blends form, function, and fun with this residential home Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-05T14:43:00-05:00 >2018-11-13T10:21:46-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Nestled in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Culver City</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California</a> lies the sleek residential creation of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laney LA</a>. Its black wood exterior provides an alluring contrast to the surrounding greenery and white interior. The two story <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">residential</a>&nbsp;home's contrasting interior and exterior colors adds to its Nordic style theme.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>3-D model of home Image &copy; Laney LA</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Interior Image &copy; Laney LA</figcaption></figure><p>The structure's exterior features a dark wood&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">facade</a>&nbsp;that surrounds a minimalistic geometric form.&nbsp;Designed to highlight the client's needs, the team focused on creating a space that emphasized clean lines and modern open space interiors. The gable style <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">roof</a> and vaulted ceiling creates a loft like effect that emphasizes the volume of the room.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Reading nook Image &copy; Laney LA </figcaption></figure><p>The master bedroom features an oversized reading nook with a large window overlooking the property. Another major highlight of the home is the angled, outdoor chimney that also acts as a climbing wall for the client to enjoy. The uniqueness of the home is accentuated...</p> Arquitectonica designs a 53-story Jenga-like tower near LA's Pershing Square Alexander Walter 2018-11-05T13:49:00-05:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>JMF Development Co. [...] hopes to construct a 53-story tower on the vacant, L-shaped lot which wraps the historic structure. [...] Arquitectonica is designing the proposed 784-foot-tall glass-and-steel tower, which is highlighted by a collection of cantilevered, glass-bottom pools for residents on the building's upper levels. While some of the protrusions would extend over the Pershing Square Building, none would hover above the public right-of-way.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: JMF Development Co., via</figcaption></figure><p>A rather dramatic example of the stacked-boxes scheme might go up at 5th and Hill, near <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pershing Square</a>, in Downtown Los Angeles soon.&nbsp;</p> <p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arquitectonica</a>,&nbsp;JMF Development Co. proposes the&nbsp;53-story tower with its fiercely protruding&nbsp;glass-bottom swimming pools as two potential options: few condominiums + hotel/restaurant if signs of a lurking next recession became clearer vs. plenty of condos +&nbsp;ground-floor retail space if the economic outlook stays strong.</p> $245 million, and America's most expensive listing could be yours Alexander Walter 2018-10-30T19:58:00-04:00 >2019-01-17T19:20:22-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The limestone clad mansion in Bel Air owned by the late TV executive Jerry Perenchio just got a price cut. But at $245 million, the commanding French neoclassical residence, which measures 25,000 square feet, is still the most expensive listing on the open market in the U.S. The property, which came up for sale last year for a staggering $350 million, has long been the cream of the crop among high-end estates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you happen to have won the $1.6 billion lottery jackpot last week or simply don't know where to stash away all those extra tax-cut savings, here's a sweet dealio for you: the spacious '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chartwell</a>' Bel Air mansion at <a href=",-118.4428353,405m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x80c2bcf799e016ef:0xf186d0d607ecd526!2s875+Nimes+Rd,+Los+Angeles,+CA+90077!3b1!8m2!3d34.0889625!4d-118.4418697!3m4!1s0x80c2bcf65455d435:0xf83c66c87bc2252f!8m2!3d34.0871399!4d-118.4423912" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">875 Nimes Road</a> was built in 1933 and also appeared in the 1960s TV show&nbsp;<em>The Beverly Hillbillies</em>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Jim Bartsch/Hilton &amp; Hyland.</figcaption></figure><p>"Features include a Wallace Neff designed 5-bedroom guest house, 75-foot pool with spacious pool house, tennis court, car gallery for 40 vehicles, 12,000 bottle wine cellar and precisely manicured gardens befitting a chateau in France," reads the property description.<br></p> <p>Oh, and it's a total steal, too: after being listed for an eye-watering&nbsp;$350 million last year,&nbsp;the asking price has since dropped significantly to a bargain $245 million. Plenty of spare cash left to fill that 40-vehicle car gallery.</p> OMA's Audrey Irmas Pavilion to break ground next month along Wilshire Boulevard Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-26T15:57:00-04:00 >2018-10-26T15:57:15-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilshire Boulevard Temple</a>'s high-profile expansion will break ground next month,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">according</a> to <em>Urbanize.LA</em>. Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA New York</a>, the new Audrey Irmas Pavilion will include a main event space, a smaller multi-purpose room, and a sunken garden designed by LA-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mia Lehrer</a>, with whom OMA is also collaborating on a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">park design in downtown LA</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Renderings for the landmark's expansion were <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">released</a> earlier this year, showing a contemporary design that leans away from the historic building, in terms of both aesthetics and positioning. "The pavilion is an active gesture, shaped by respectful moves away from the surrounding historic buildings, reaching out onto Wilshire Boulevard to create a new presence," said OMA Partner <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shohei Shigematsu</a> back when details of the project were released.&nbsp;</p> <p>The $75 million expansion is expected to complete in 2020. Most of the funding has come from the project's lead donor for whom the pavilion will be named after. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Back in 2015</a>, Audrey Irmas,&nbsp;a lon...</p> A first look at Los Angeles' upcoming $500-Million Metro transit station Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-25T17:26:00-04:00 >2018-10-25T18:40:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The project, called 96th Street Station, is being designed with swooping canopies, skylights, and glazed screens to create a spacious environment for travelers...</p></em><br /><br /><p>After much anticipation, progress for the 96th Street Transit Station has made leaps and bounds in its development stage. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metro</a>'s new transit station aims to connect the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)</a> to its regional transit system.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>View of the planned light rail platforms. Image courtesy of Grimshaw Architects.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> and Gruen Associates have been working on the multimodal <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> station since the project was approved in June 2014. The station was designed to be the new "gateway" to LAX for transit riders. After an in depth environmental review process, 46 day public hearing, and additional reviews from the Metro Board of Directors the station was set for development.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Daytime view of the station. Image courtesy of Grimshaw Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>The new transit hub is set to feature three at-grade Light Rail Transit platforms that will serve the&nbsp;Metro&nbsp;Green and Crenshaw/LAX lines. The station will also feature a Metro Bike hub, passenger vehicle pick-up and drop-off ar...</p> Dan Brunn redefines net zero housing with a California mid-century modern flare Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-19T13:53:00-04:00 >2018-10-20T09:44:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> based architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Brunn</a> assembles a team of innovative energy efficient manufacturers to create a vision for contemporary <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">net zero housing</a>. The Bridge House LA, whose construction is soon to be completed in January 2019, is a project teeming with building systems manufactured product at the forefront of eco-design.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bridge House rendering &copy; Dan Brunn Architecture</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bridge House rendering &copy; Dan Brunn Architecture</figcaption></figure><p>Nestled in Los Angeles' Hancock Park, the 4,500 square foot home was intricately designed to omit zero energy emissions. From its construction phase to its completion, the footprint of the home was a priority for principal architect Dan Brunn and his team. The 212 foot long, 20 foot-wide structure rests within the cozy neighborhood along with a running brook found below the center of the home.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Bridge House rendering &copy; Dan Brunn Architecture</figcaption></figure></figure><p>The single-story rectangular structure may have a simplistic form, however, its clean lines and structurally minimalistic silh...</p> Get Lectured: East LA College, Fall '18 Justine Testado 2018-10-17T12:38:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T21:46:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2018</a></strong></p> <p>With a new school year upon us, it's time for Archinect's latest&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>, an ongoing series where we feature a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">school</a>'s lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back regularly to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p> <p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p> <p>Offering 50 courses to an average of 300 students per semester, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">East Los Angeles College</a>&nbsp;in Monterey Park has the only separate Department of Architecture in the Los Angeles Community College District.&nbsp;Kicking off next month, their Fall '18 lecture series features <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LOC Architects</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Freeland</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Escher Gunewardena</a>.</p> <p>Check out previous posters on the Get Lectured&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pinterest</a>&nbsp;page!&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Want another way to share your school's events? Send them to Bustler! Simply submit events for review&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p>... knowhow shop design offers a new approach to office construction Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-15T15:24:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T19:51:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, architects Kagan Taylor and Justin Rice of knowhow shop have designed and built a new office for their design studio in their backyard. Named &lsquo;Lighthouse&rsquo;, the project is a micro-building that is a place for work and also a physical example of the studio&rsquo;s thinking and practice</p></em><br /><br /><p>Diverting from traditional construction processes, the founders of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">knowhow shop</a>, focus on the possibility of constructing an&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">office</a> testing their skills as craftsmen while challenging their understanding of spatial perception.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image &copy; Stephen Schauer</figcaption></figure></figure><p>The office's unique shape and construction materials were custom designed by the founders themselves. A project, whose intricacies add to the stylistic beauty of the structure, "could not have been easily done by a contractor" claims the studio. Each facet of the structure used&nbsp;mitered SIPs and shop <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fabricated</a> materials to accomplish the craft like aesthetic. Its overall form exhibits clear use of aperture to allow for natural light to enter the space.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image &copy; Stephen Schauer</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Appropriately named <em>Lighthouse,&nbsp;</em>this custom micro-office reflects several elements of importance to the knowhow shop team. "<em>L</em><em>ighthouse is an office for our business, a showcase of our craft, and an example of the huge potential within rethinking the way we design a...</em></p> Beverly Hills schools want to convince Trump administration to cut funds for L.A. Metro Purple Line extension Justine Testado 2018-10-12T15:11:00-04:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>While the school district had tried repeatedly in court to stop Metro from building the subway underneath the high school&rsquo;s campus, Korbatov&rsquo;s &ldquo;Stop the Purple Threat&rdquo; campaign takes a different approach: Nab the attention of President Donald Trump and try to convince him to order the withdrawal of federal funding from the Purple Line extension.</p></em><br /><br /><p>School district administrators also helped BHHS students organize a districtwide &ldquo;walkout&rdquo; that took place today in protest of the Purple Line extension, whose second phase is already underway. Here are some interesting&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twitter updates</a>&nbsp;from LA Times transportation reporter Laura J. Nelson.</p> <p></p> Here's your chance to buy Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House #21B Alexander Walter 2018-10-12T13:33:00-04:00 >2018-10-12T13:38:24-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Bailey House, one of the approximately 20 surviving Los Angeles residences from Arts &amp; Architecture magazine&rsquo;s Case Study House program is once again up for grabs. Designated CSH No. 21, the Hollywood Hills home was built between 1956 and &rsquo;58 by Pierre Koenig for psychologist Walter Bailey and his wife Mary, whom Arts &amp; Architecture described as a &ldquo;contemporary-minded&rdquo; couple with no children and an informal lifestyle.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Looking to purchase some property in the Hollywood Hills? Something iconic maybe, preferably midcentury? How about a Case Study House? &mdash; <em>Lucky you!</em> The Pierre Koenig-designed&nbsp;CSH #21B 'Walter Bailey House' just came back on the market and asks for $3.6 million.</p> M-Rad designs elite cannabis industry members club in Downtown Los Angeles Justine Testado 2018-10-09T20:57:00-04:00 >2018-10-09T20:58:01-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>At a time when the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cannabis</a> industry is growing its commercial presence in Los Angeles, a new private members club for industry elites is setting up shop at 718 South Hill Street, in the heart of Downtown L.A.'s Jewelry District. Local architecture firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">M-Rad</a> was put in charge of redesigning the&nbsp;85-foot-tall building, which will retain its historic characteristics and feature over 67,000 square feet of carefully curated space across seven distinct floors.</p> <p>Green Street Agency,&nbsp;an L.A.-based creative agency that exclusively works within the cannabis industry, will be the flag tenant. Supporting&nbsp;tenants including Timeless Vapes, MOTA, and Vicente Sederberg will occupy three floors.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figure><figcaption>Rendering of the third floor, 718 South Hill. Courtesy of M-Rad.</figcaption></figure><p></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bird's eye view of the third floor. Courtesy of M-Rad.</figcaption></figure><p>The building will serve as a professional and community hub for entrepreneurs dedicated to &ldquo;advancing the cannabis space&rdquo;, giving members access to four levels of communal and private offi...</p> Walt Disney Concert Hall lights up over the weekend with projections by Refik Anadol Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-03T13:42:00-04:00 >2018-11-11T12:31:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Phil</a> has put on quite the birthday extravaganza, kicking off over the weekend with performances by Chris Martin and members of the Doors; a special <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CicLAvia</a> bike ride that stretched from Downtown's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Disney Concert Hall</a> to the Hollywood Bowl; and a series of vibrant projections from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Refik Anadol</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Announced</a> back in September, the local media artist used 45 terabytes of data derived from the Phil's archive to create a series of patterns then projected on the exterior of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Called '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WDCH Dreams</a>', the media installation lit up the iconic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> building beginning Thursday night, delighting passersby, and will continue to do so every evening through October 6th.&nbsp;</p> Photographer Janna Ireland is on the hunt to capture Paul R. Williams' built legacy in L.A. Justine Testado 2018-10-01T19:40:00-04:00 >2018-10-01T19:40:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>For nearly two years, [Janna Ireland has] searched out buildings to photograph &mdash; mansions and housing projects, churches and banks designed by the Angeleno architect who died in 1980. [...] &ldquo;I&rsquo;m interested in stories about black people, and I&rsquo;m interested in stories about Los Angeles. There&rsquo;s an intersection there,&rdquo; says Ireland, who grew up in Philadelphia.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Mimi Zeiger profiles artist/photographer&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Janna Ireland</a>, who has spent the last two years photographing the buildings of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul R. Williams</a> as a way to preserve his architectural legacy.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It has all of this psychological depth ... [Ireland's photos] don&rsquo;t simply document the architectural quality of the building but capture the thought that went into making it,&rdquo; Barbara Bestor says in the article in describing Ireland's work. Last December, the Julius Shulman Institute presented Ireland's photography in the exhibition, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;There is Only One Paul R Williams: A Portrait by Janna Ireland&rdquo;</a>.</p>