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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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Design and Planning: 8500 Burton Way

Caruso Affiliated's new project, 8500 Burton Way, in Los Angeles. Photograph courtesy Caruso Affiliated.Our March/April issue explores urban design. With that in mind, we’ll be dedicating several posts over the next few weeks to the topic. Up first is an exclusive look at the new 8500 Burton Way property developed by Caruso Affiliated.

If you’ve driven around Los Angeles over the past couple of decades, chances are your travels have taken you past a plot of land plopped down inside a vast urban intersection, where Burton Way, San Vicente and La Cienega meet. Over the years, the site has been home to all manner of businesses. For over 20 years, it has also been owned by Rick Caruso, the visionary developer of the Grove in Los Angeles and the Americana in Glendale and a host of other properties.

“It was a unique piece of property bordered by city streets on all sides—an urban island—and lent itself to doing something that was iconic,” says David W. Williams, Caruso Affiliated’s Executive Vice President, Architecture, and one of the driving forces behind the distinctive style found across the company’s projects. From the get-go, the Caruso team envisioned a mixed-use project that would include a Trader Joe’s market. An early take would have featured the store as a standalone, but, Williams notes, “It didn’t seem right for the community and didn’t seem to do the site justice.”

The decision was made to rethink the property to incorporate a residential component. This wouldn’t be just any residential building, however. The Caruso team wanted to steer away from the design and layout of the properties (five stories, small windows, stucco facades) being built in the area around that time to create something more aesthetically compelling and luxurious. For the project, Caruso Affiliated tapped MVE & Partners to design the building. There would be floor-to-ceiling windows, a rooftop pool, mature landscaping, high-quality finishes in the units, and original artwork, to name just a few elements.

Well into the design process—well into even the construction process—the Caruso team re-envisioned the building’s aesthetics. As Williams recalls, “We had the foundations poured when we decided the architecture was not the statement we wanted to make, so we gave Hetzel Design the assignment to re-skin building.” Inside, the layout would remain the same, but the exterior, which originally featured Italianate elements similar to other Caruso projects, would be rethought in more modern terms. “We prepped them with what was on our mind and related it to Hollywood, if we were pitching this building. Mad Men meets Entourage. Hip, contemporary but timeless. They came back with 10 schemes.”

The completed building is not blocky, nor closed-off from its surroundings. Instead, the graceful, curving structure with its unique shape (dictated by the lot’s unusual dimensions) stands eight stories, with a smooth concrete and stone facade. An oculus pieces the roof and allows sun to pour in, drenching the pool area and 87 residential units with light and warmth. Inside the apartments, views stretch from downtown, toward the Hollywood Hills and west on to the Pacific. “We pushed this to be iconic,” explains Williams. “New York has the Flatiron Building. We have a corner akin to that. Hopefully, this corner has an iconic, organic LA feel and feels like its rooted here.”

It’s well on its way. Since the property officially opened late last year, Williams says 8500 Burton Way has already become part of the neighborhood fabric. “The landscaping around the building brings a softness and lushness to that block and to that neighborhood. There are more pedestrians on the street—and the sidewalk café, where you can get a glass of wine or a snack in the evening didn’t before.”

Ultimately Williams and his Caruso Affiliated colleagues see the property as the beginning of a new chapter for the area. “We’re at the intersection of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles,” he says. “This can set the stage for the quality of development in both communities.”