Five years ago, the powers that be at HGA started searching for a new space for their LA office. The old set-up was in a Century City high rise. “It had a bullpen in the middle and the shareholders were at the windows,” recalls Satoshi Teshima, an associate vice president in the LA branch. “It was a typical corporate set-up. We wanted to get away from that.”
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At Dornbracht, they think a lot about water—in both practical and philosophical terms. One of the most recent outgrowths of their singular fascination is the company’s new Horizontal Shower, which blends cutting edge technology with an emphasis on physical wellbeing. As Pat Jarvis, Dornbracht’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing for North America, puts it, “We wanted to do something with water that hadn’t been before.”
Los Angeles based architecture firm, Brooks and Scarpa, recently completed improvements to the Frank Gehry designed parking garages at Santa Monica place mall. Not only does their design create a more walkable and friendly environment for the popular 3rd street promenade, but it evokes a modern twist on the typical parking garages that come to mind.
Looking to preserve iconic elements of the original structure - including the beloved steel mesh signage created by gehry, the enhancement seamlessly blends new components with the old to create a contemporary urban aesthetic. A multifaceted new facade transforms the street-side appearance, altering the viewers perception of space and function while visually integrating the building with the complex fabric of the city.
After two years and $265 million, Santa Monica Place reopened Friday with thousands of shoppers pouring in to get a first look at the newly remodeled shopping center.
The airy design of the new 524,000-square-foot mall features floor-to-ceiling glass walls in some sections, an upscale tenant lineup that includes new anchors Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom, and a third floor dedicated to an array of food options. Previously an enclosed, fortress-like structure designed more than three decades ago by architect Frank Gehry, Santa Monica Place has been converted to a three-story, open-air shopping center with views of the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica Mountains and Santa Monica Pier.
And don't forget to take a look at The Mannequin Collective, on display through August 22.
[via Los Angeles Times]
Screening This Wednesday-Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman-Documentary film by Eric Bricker
The Emerging Professionals Committees of the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles & Long Beach/South Bay along with the Interior Architecture Committee of AIA|LA invite you to attend:
Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman
A Documentary film by Eric Bricker
Wednesday August 4, 2010 @ Design Within Reach (DWR)
332 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401
7pm: Mixer + DWR Showroom Tour
8pm: Film Screening
Suggested Donation (to be collected at the door):
$10 AIA members & Students
$15 Non-AIA members
Advance registration required at this link.
Sunday September 19, 2010 @ The Art Theatre
2025 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814
11:30am: Film Screening, followed by a Q&A with the Director
$15 General Admission
To purchase tickets, go to this link.
Show your ticket for a discount @ Portfolio Annex on 9/19
Ticket prices to both the 8/4 Santa Monica & 9/19 Long Beach Screenings include admission to the Restoration Trade Fair on Sunday September 19, 2010 in Long Beach.