A Design Slam Dunk!
Sports entertainment and design firm ROSSETTI in association with Perkins + Will will be designing a state-of-the-art training and operations facility in El Segundo for the L.A. Lakers and their minor league farm team, the L.A. D-Fenders. The project is slated to be completed in the spring of 2017.
“Our design team held several immersive workshops with the Lakers’ and D-Fenders’ staff to explore their goals and vision,” says Matt Rossetti, FAIA, President of ROSSETTI. The design concepts developed through those visioning sessions, particularly the effort to express integration, partnership and legacy within the design, were key to the final design and programming of the facility.”
“Passengers flying into LAX will be able to see the building and the iconic Lakers logo on the roof. Executive offices will have views of the basketball courts within the training facility, and also of the Santa Monica Mountains and Hollywood Hills in the distance,” adds Perkins+Will principal Carl Meyer, FAIA.
Congratulations to Cal Poly Pomona
A trio of Cal Poly Pomona students were honored at the Los Angeles Business Council’s 45th Annual Architectural Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with the prestigious Julius Shulman Emerging Talent Award. A roster of student teams from the area’s top architecture schools entered the competition to redesign for reuse the South Los Angeles Wetlands Park Facility in downtown’s South Park District. The recent grads from the Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design—Kate Bylik, Nicole Doan and Jeffrey Stevens—proposed a community center anchored in extensive research on the area’s population density, household income and education attainment levels.
“The competition entry they produced, entirely on their own I might add, took a building that no longer had purpose and made something new, strange, beautiful and useful,” says Sarah Lorenzen, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture. “What shows real depth in thinking is that these students were able to make something ‘new’ whilst making evident the processes and external forces that shaped the building’s previous incarnation.”
The competition was juried by five Southern California architects: David Martin of AC Martin; Bob Hale of Rios Clementi Hale Studios; Sabu Song of Gensler; Scott Johnson of Johnson Fain; and Clifford Selbert of Selbert Perkins.
Ware Malcolmb CEO Lawrence R. Armstrong has been awarded the Sandro Botticelli Prize in Florence for his artwork, titled filla 1.1. The award-winning piece was also featured in Effeto Arte Magazine. Armstrong’s paintings and sculptures represent an ongoing exploration of the concept of layers: both how they interact and intersect with one another, and also the meanings contained within. His work has appeared at the ArtExpo in New York City from April 23-26, 2015, Iocandina Synchronies in Madrid from October 2-15, 2014, Art Tour International in Toronto from September 11-27, 2014, and Art Tour International in Miami from September 5-12, 2014. Click here for more information on his work.