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Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour
May 3, 2014

The Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour gives L.A. residents a chance to explore and view some of the greatest examples of modern architecture right in their own area, via self-guided driving tour. Attendees learn from homeowners what it's like to live in a modern home and find out where the architects got their inspiration - directly from the architects themselves. The tour is self-guided and self-driven, allowing guests to explore these modern treasures at their own pace.

RICSSummit of the Americas Toronto 2014

May 4-6, 2014
RICS Summit of the Americas 2014 is for any real estate professional looking to draw from timely, in-depth market knowledge that will be shared by local and international experts in the land, property and construction sectors. The summit will provide an excellent opportunity to connect with top professionals from around the world and engage in educational seminars and premier discussion forums.

Heath Open Studio Events
May 9–11
The traditional Spring event, where Heath opens the doors to the factory and studio so visitors can explore both Heath's history, as well as current projects and collections, will be held at the company's San Franciso, Sausalito and Los Angeles locations.

Sonoma Living: Home Tours
May 10, 2014
AIA San Francisco and AIA Redwood Empire are excited to announce Sonoma Living: Home Tours, a new home tours program for 2014. Sonoma Living will showcase a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences—all from the architect's point of view. The program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in Sonoma county. Tour participants have the opportunity to see some of the area's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover design solutions that inspire unique Sonoma living.

de LaB Presents an Eastside Home Tour: Architects at Home
May 10, 2014
De LaB presents its second annual Eastside home tour, “Architects at Home,” on May 10th from 12:00-4:00 p.m. The popular tour will explore homes designed and built by architects for their own families. A sense of experimentation, playfulness, inspiration, and a creative approach to budget constraints pervade these homes.

The Venice Art Walk
May 18, 2014
The proud tradition of artists and volunteers providing health care to their neighbors in need and the celebration of Venice’s vibrant artistic culture continues today. This event is free and open to the public and features a highly anticipated 350 piece art auction, live entertainment, and an impressive lineup of gourmet food trucks. Participants can purchase tickets to highly regarded Architecture Tours that held throughout the year and/or view exclusive art studios that will be featured on the day of Venice Art Walk & Auctions.

Design for Social Impact
May 25–August 3, 2014
Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) presents Design for Social Impact, an original exhibition offering a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects and social entrepreneurs use design to solve the problems of the 21st century.

Celebrate: Groundswell
June 28, 2014
A+D Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles (A+D) celebrates its 13th year of cutting edge exhibitions and progressive architecture and design programs with its annual gala and fundraiser.

 

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Sep182013

Workbook: Bringing a Dash of New England to West Hollywood

The sweeping clamshell roof at Connie and Ted's in West Hollywood welcomes guests to the modern take on a clam shack designed by (fer) studio. How do you integrate a New England–style clam shack into an existing building and its West Hollywood neighborhood without resorting to tired—and incongruous—nautical references? For Michael Cimarusti, the seafood star behind LA’s acclaimed Providence, and his partners, you turn to (fer) studio and architects Christopher L. Mercier and Douglas V. Pierson.

“The place was falling apart, but we were able to keep 50 percent of the exterior walls and most of the roof,” Pierson says of the space that would become Connie & Ted’s. “The existing building became more of a texture for the interior and exterior finishes. When we have the opportunity to reuse existing structures, we do—it’s one of the greenest things you can do.”

To integrate Connie & Ted’s into its urban surroundings, Mercier and Pierson created a welcoming façade that draws patrons into the restaurant from the street, despite its being set back in parking lot. There’s also glazing. It allows diners to see in and passersby to see out, enhancing the connection between the street and the restaurant.

During the design process, “we struggled to figure out how to respect its roots and make it fit into Los Angeles and West Hollywood,” says Mercier. Their solutions, inside and out, some philosophical, some more direct, create a space that’s of its place but connected to its New England inspiration.

On an abstract level, the architects aimed for transparency and broadly emphasized the “visual honesty of seafood,” notes Pierson. In practice, it means that the kitchen and its goings on are on view as is a raw bar.

More direct, yet subtle, references to New England and to the sea in general abound. Perhaps most clearly, it’s the roof, with its shell-like gesture that immediately signifies a seafood restaurant, without overstating the case. As a patron progresses through the spaces, more witty, nautical-inspired details reveal themselves. Suspended “boats” outside house heating elements and LED lights. Inside, door handles are reminiscent of cleats, and the sculptural light fixtures are hanging crab traps. Even some of the wood used has a New England connection. The red elm the architects specified was harvested in the West over 100 years ago but then became part of a barn in New England until it was reclaimed and used in the restaurant. The end result both honors its East Coast origins and feels right at home in West Hollywood.

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