Full article: http://www.lamag.com/askchris/little-pink-boxes-west-hollywood/
We are excited to share one of our recently completed projects, featured in Architectural Digest! Here are some of the hidden details our office executed to achieve this beautiful product.
The goal for the project was to upgrade a 1920’s Tudor home for a modern family, and add on extra square footage for livable spaces and a new master suite. We were able to reconfigure the layout of the existing house to accommodate the living spaces that open out the back patio and yard, and use the addition as an architectural element that hosts the master suite. We designed a modern appendage that married with the form of the original traditional Tudor structure, while accentuating the hierarchy of the new master suite space. In order to fit the pool on site, our solution was to locate it against the new addition, giving it the ability to visually function as a water feature, as viewed from the master bedroom. To pull of the design, there were a couple crucial details we kept our eye on.
First, in order to keep the form of the addition pure, we had to remove used built-in gutters to collect the water from the new roof.
We also allowed for a deepened threshold, so it could be used as a seating ledge from inside the house.
We have recently started work on bringing new life to a nearly forgotten LA gem: The Jardinette Apartments. Built in 1928, it was the Richard Neutra’s first US commission, and his first mark of modernism and International Style in America. Utilizing a reinforced concrete shell as its primary structural element, it was truly a foreign and unique object among the wood-framed construction which stamped the LA landscape. The apartments were designed for the urban dweller, focusing on efficient use of space and storage, taking advantage of every square inch. The large steel windows were designed to provide ample daylight, and look out to the central garden, after which the “Jardinette” was named.
Through the years, the building has become dilapidated, but while some of the original features were stripped away or replaced, there are still many cases of original details that make this building unique. Due to the fascinating history behind the structure, it was designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1988. Partnering up with Clippinger Investments, Barbara Lamprecht, and Nous Engineering, we are working to restore this structure for a new generation of modern urban dwellers. Stay tuned for updates.
Burbank Leader October 21, 2016
A new outdoor classroom was dedicated on Friday at John Muir Middle School on a site where a condemned bungalow had previously been located.
The 40-seat, 2,000-square-foot classroom is the result of a partnership the school formed with Woodbury University's School of Architecture and Nickelodeon.
Led by Woodbury professors Jeanine Centuori and Oscar Corletto, a group of nine upper-class students in the architecture school conducted interviews with
Muir teachers, staff and parents to see what they envisioned for the space, according to school officials.
Starting this past January, the Woodbury students began building the walls, stage and seating for the classroom.
In May, as part of Nickelodeon's "Viacommunity Day," more than 50 volunteers from the company dug holes as well as planted hedges, trees, greenery and filled the space with more than 25 cubic yards of mulch.
Architect Turns Abandoned Stadium Scraps Into Beautiful Bags And Bus Stops
An architect in Indianapolis is giving old sports stadiums a second life by turning their bones into projects that serve the community.
Michael Bricker grew up in Indianapolis and got his master’s degree in architecture in Texas. In 2008, he moved back to his old city, where demolition was starting on the RCA Dome, the former home of the Colts.
As he drove past the site most days, Bricker couldn’t help but wonder what would happen to the industrial fabric that served as the stadium’s roof. He estimated that if a company were to try and install such a thing somewhere today, it would probably cost at least $10 million.
Full Story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/abandoned-stadium-reuse-indianapolis_us_57dfaf6fe4b08cb140968f46?section=
Burning Man is an annual congregation of artists, creators, and dreamers that takes place in the Nevada desert. For a little over a week, the desert is filled with incredible art instalations, mobile dance parties, and themed events throughout the campgrounds where the participants stay. Burning man is a "leave no trace" event, so everything that is brought in must be taken out. For this reason, some of the larger structures and installations are designed and built so they can be burned at the end of the event. Notably, these structures have a grand architectural presence on the open desert, and reveal some interesting techniques about wood construction. The grand scale and construction details are even more impressive when realizing the 1-2 week timeline for errection of the structures, before they are reduced to a pile of ash. Below are 3 structures from this year's Burning Man, showing their exterior, interior, and the final burn.
Today we send off our extremely talented and determined intern Viktoria Schoblocher. She is returning to Germany to finish her architectural degree and we could't be happier with the hard work she put in here at JSA.
Whether for practical reasons, cost-effectiveness or comfort, kitchens end up looking a lot like... well... every other kitchen. For a space that very often opens up to other areas of the home in which both amateur chefs and seasoned cooks spend a lot of time, kitchens ought to be considered a living space in their own right. Whether minimalist (islands built on legs), mid-century inspired (yellow and teal accents), driven by materials (blonde woods), or more decorative accents (bright colors and/or art); let these kitchen designs feed your imagination.
#kitchen #cuisine #Küchen #cucine #cocinas
A mandala is a Hindu or Buddhist graphic symbol which represents the universe, usually in the form of a circle divided into four separate sections or bearing a multiple projection of an image.
The act of viewing or making one is considered to be highly meditative. I stumbled across the geometry involved while making repetitious collages out of one image, noting that while I was working I felt collected. After some research I found that what I was doing was in fact something human beings have been doing for thousands of years.
I am constantly on the lookout for interesting shapes, colors, textures, contrasts, and lighting to make a mandala with and shooting progress shots of JSA’s projects gives me many opportunities for this.
Los Angeles is often reduced to a handful of stereotypes. In its infancy, it was the agricultural West with opportunities for industry, oil, and filmmaking. Following World War II, L.A. was the home of the modernist American Dream, with suburban sprawl, freeways, and smog. As populations move back into urban centers, cultural shifts and new transportation infrastructure are redefining the built environment.
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As we move into the twenty-first century it has become evident that we are hungry for a new understanding of what our workspaces not only look like but how they can enhance our work life and productivity. Here are a few principles I keep in mind when creating a workspace:
Natural light contains what is called "blue light". It increases dopamine levels, boosts the immune system and lowers cortisol levels. This means that being in a naturally-lit room will make you feel less anxious, happier and more productive.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Indoor air is essential in establishing a productive work space. Good air circulation and outdoor air is great for any work environment, adding plants can enhance it even further. Research shows plants instantly boost productivity by 15% in creating an optimal concentration while amplifying workplace satisfaction.
A workspace that provides a private/public layout is optimal. Having a private space for focus and concentration with the flexibility of transitioning into a public area that can facilitate dynamic collaboration is more in line with our Twenty-first century needs.
FLEXIBILITY AND COMMUNITY
Having communal areas to interact with colleagues is a great way to break away from the monotony of the workday. It is an ideal catalyst to bond and collaborate with coworkers.
Homogenous "herded" workspaces are thankfully dying out. Businesses are becoming aware that when a team member has a sense of a space they are more creative in their contributions to the collective.
Contextualism is the reaction of architecture to its environment – it is how buildings and forms fit into their surroundings. There are various approaches and to creating modern designs the fit within the context they are placed in – wheather it is through use or vernacular typology, environmentally responsive forms, use of appropriate materials, or responses to surrounding landscapes. The following are a few examples of interesting design approaches that respond to the environments they have been places in.
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JSA often works with the ACE Center (Agency of Civic Engagement) at Woodbury University. Below are photos of last semester’s studio work:
THE BOWTIE PROJECT
The ACE architecture studio, in collaboration with California State Parks and Clockshop has built several structures on the grounds of the Bowtie, a nineteen-acre site adjacent to the LA River. This site is slated to become a permanent State Park for Los Angeles. Clockshop manages cultural programming that is open to the public during the lengthy planning process required to implement this public infrastructure. These projects by Woodbury students are used during campout events, film presentations, poetry readings, and other cultural events open to the public.
The Outdoor Classroom for John Muir Middle School
Architecture students designed and built a classroom on the campus of the John Muir Middle School in Burbank, CA. This design gives form to this leftover space and creates a functional classroom under the canopy of trees. Plastic wood is used in non-conventional ways to create textures and patterns.
Finding new contemporary furniture in Los Angeles has gotten a lot easier and more fun over the past decade or so. Yet, when searching for the more unique and refined but unpretentious modern furnishings for a new project, I invariably find myself drawn to products from places a lot further afar than the handful of local stores I like.
My European sensibility usually has me stop in Brooklyn first, before inevitably traveling electronically to a design studio in London, checking out a cool collection of modular casegoods from Spain, or pining for the right client/project when discovering an amazing new line of plumbing fixtures from Italy. This is when not buying a lamp from an obscure lighting company in Argentina, by far the best fit for the dining room of a recent remodel in Cheviot Hills.
Here are some of this month’s ‘coup de coeur’, i.e. a few of my favorite finds that I came across while furniture scouting for up and coming projects.
#contemporary #interiordesign #furniture #meubles #mobile #muebles #möbel
Impact is the action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another. It can be mental or physical, positive or negative and will always have a reaction to the action.
Artists impact us in countless ways whether it be through film, art, photography, music, architecture, etc. Some of us perceive architecture at face value and nothing more than an enclosure to seek shelter in but I believe as the late Zaha Hadid stated, "architecture is not just a shelter or a simple enclosure. It should be something that excites you, calms you, makes you think.”
While transforming urban fabrics and pushing boundaries of the building form with her own voice Hadid was criticized for her headstrong behavior and uncensored self-expression through concrete form. As a designer I strive to do just that; to impact the subconscious through expression that moves from my mind to the physical world in concrete form hopefully leaving behind an echo that will influence the way future generations feel and interact within it.
Zaha lives on through her exemplary work and extraordinary creations that continue to impact people’s experiences and as an example of an unwavering creative mind with a unique voice that will speak to the masses.
A LOOK INSIDE THE DESIGN PROCESS FROM SPACE PLAN TO MASSING.
Begin with the blank site and overlay preliminary plans.