Posts Tagged ‘Look’

Curbed – Rendering Reveal: A New Look for the Former James Hotel Site at Sunset/Hilldale

Monday, April 7th, 2014

We never thought we’d see forward movement on the long-languishing James Hotel project (now referred to as 8950 Sunset) near Hilldale and Sunset Boulevard, but it looks like we were wrong. According to Wehoville, the project (in the works since 1999, when it was the Hotel Astra) has a date with the WeHo Design Review Subcommitee this week to see if these latest designs—which include shrinking the hotel down to 165 rooms instead of the once-proposed 195, plus four residences, a redesigned rooftop deck, and restaurants space—will get the go-ahead.

The new renderings show a much more open space than the stubby chunk previously envisioned, mainly due to an open archway on the Sunset face of the hotel, “a grand gesture to the street,” on which digital art pieces will be projected. “It has the potential to become a jewel box, highlighting the best qualities of the Sunset Strip,” said a city designer who was working on evaluating the project. The site was purchased two years ago by anonymous Euros who spent $ 28 million on it. Meanwhile, a massive new James Hotel is getting underway at Sunset | La Cienega.
· ‘Jewel Box’ of a Design Proposed for Long-Delayed 8950 Sunset Hotel [Wehoville]
· Design Review Memo [City of West Hollywood]

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Curbed – Development Du Jour: First Look at Edendale’s SL70 Houses, Starting Around $600k

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

From the ruins of Hollywood’s first permanent movie studio, Selig Polyscope Company, comes the film-history-saluting SL70 development, 70 single-family houses where Echo Park meets Silver Lake, on Glendale Boulevard just south of the 2 Freeway (the area called Edendale in the silent film days). According to a release for SL70, the detached three-story houses come in two-bedroom and three-bedroom models, positioned on streets which developer Trumark has named to recall the site’s history in the silent film era (e.g., Silent Film Road, Tom Mix Drive after the movie star/cowboy who filmed at the studio). At the same time, Trumark plays up the hipness of the neighborhood on its freshly-launched website, which shows off bearded and fedora-wearing locals and adorable boutiques. The houses will range from 1,219 to 1,469 square feet, all with garage parking for two cars, and some with a fourth-floor rooftop deck offering a probably noisy but definitely beautiful partial skyline view, as seen in SL70′s video tour below. The houses are expected to start at $ 600,000 (*although no prices have been announced yet). Sales are set to start in late spring.

· SL70 [Official Site]
· Selig Polyscope Development In Echo Park Getting Adorable Film History Street Names [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Curbed Features: Today Curbed National take a look…

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

qlSOILED_Windowscrapers_01.jpgToday Curbed National take a look into the paradoxical word of architecture zines: scrappy, independent publications that tell architectural stories by way of collage, comics, illustrations, and more. By nature of being ephemeral, cheap, and accessible, zines operate, in many ways, contrary to what architecture is all about. “The stories here are unscientific and inexact,” the editor of Soiled tells Curbed National. “While we certainly don’t want to clean that mess, we want to make it more productive, to calibrate it. We want to give it sign posts and entry points.” Read on. [Curbed National]

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Curbed – John Mellencamp Wire: Today Curbed National takes a look…

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Screen%20Shot%202014-02-13%20at%202.26.50%20PM.pngToday Curbed National takes a look inside the fresh South Carolina digs of music’s John Mellencamp. The house, inspired by a church, features a nave-like central living hall “ringed by a gallery reminiscent of a choir loft.” Photos, this way. [Curbed National]

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Curbed – Rendering Reveal: Colorful New Look For Blue Line-Adjacent Retail In Long Beach

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Using a Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the city of Long Beach is upgrading a stretch of businesses on Anaheim Street and Long Beach Boulevard, adjacent to the Anaheim station on the Blue Line. Santa Monica-based Gwynne Pugh Urban Studios is heading up the renovations, which include colorful facade additions that will hopefully spur more business and increase foot traffic. Los Angeles artist Hector “Shandu” Calderon also created murals on Anaheim Street that you can make out in the second rendering.

· Sad Blue Line-Adjacent Long Beach Buildings Getting Upgraded [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Where to Park It: Look At This Crazy-Handsome New Parking Structure In SaMo

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Santa Monica doesn’t screw around when it comes to parking structures: They have the multi-colored, eco-friendly Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure by Moore Ruble Yudell, and now there’s Studio Jantzen and Behnisch Architekten‘s Parking Structure 6, another green garage, which looks to have taken inspiration from Paris’s famous Centre Pompidou. Opened yesterday with much fanfare, Structure 6 offers panoramic ocean views from the top of its eight stories, holds 744 cars and dozens of bikes, and includes electric vehicle charging stations, plus groundfloor retail space; there are also solar panels and those striking red staircases that allow easy access to every floor. Parking Structure 6 replaces a shorter and blander garage that held 400 fewer cars.

· New Parking Garage in Downtown Santa Monica is More than a Place to Stow Cars [Lookout News]

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Curbed – Rendering Reveal: Take a Look at Vibiana’s Proposed Mixed-Use Neighbor

Thursday, October 17th, 2013


When developer Tom Gilmore sold the parking lot next to the 137-year-old Vibiana, a former church and current events space, he wanted to ensure nothing tacky and/or out-of-place went up. It looks like his finickiness paid off–renderings from new developer Weintraub Real Estate Group, via Building Los Angeles, show a sleek mixed-use apartment tower that doesn’t loom over the landmark (the site was entitled for a skyscraper) and that seems like it’ll be a nice addition to Second Street. Nadel Architects (1111 Wilshire) are behind the proposed nine-story building, with 238 units, 3,600 square feet of retail, 303 underground parking spots (no parking podium, thank God), and an outdoor plaza linking the building with the Vibiana and its groundfloor restaurant. The project was just presented to the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee, so we’ve got a ways to go before we see this thing come to life.


· New Look for Vibiana Lofts [Building Los Angeles]
· Lot Next to Vibiana About to Sell With Some Insurance Against Stupid Development [Curbed LA]

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