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The Overland Trail Cabin by BCV Architects

August 20, 2018 Erin 0

  BCV Architecture + Interiors have designed the Overland Trail Cabin, a modern mountain home that’s located in the Sugar Bowl Ski Resort in California.   The design of the two-storey home is organized as a horseshoe, allowing sunlight to fill the interiors, and providing panoramic views of the forest. Upon entering the home, there’s a […]

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Studio Gang’s Mira tower in San Francisco to feature twisting bay windows

August 20, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

US architecture firm Studio Gang has revealed new renderings of a 40-storey apartment building in San Francisco, which will feature reinterpretations of the city’s “classic bay windows” spiralled around its exterior. Planned to reach 400 feet (122 metres) high, Studio Gang’s Mira tower is under construction at 280 Spear Street in the city’s Transbay neighbourhood.

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Walker Warner Architects overhauls Silicon Valley building using industrial materials

August 20, 2018 Jenna McKnight 0

Metal, wood and concrete were used to revamp a 1960s mixed-use building near Facebook’s main campus and Stanford University, which houses a cafe at ground level and leasable office space up above. The two-storey rectangular building is located in downtown Menlo Park – a city in the southeastern part of the San Francisco Bay Area, and

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Massive white boxes turn LA warehouse into offices by FreelandBuck

August 17, 2018 Bridget Cogley 0

Hollow cubes help to transform a large industrial building into offices for a production company in Los Angeles, completed by local studio FreelandBuck. The project was undertaken for Hungry Man Productions, which had acquired an 8,000-square-­foot (743-square-metre) warehouse with a large open floor plan and hardly any windows. For the seemingly limitless space, FreelandBuck went for

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San Francisco’s mid-century Phoenix Hotel undergoes rebirth by Liz Lambert

August 13, 2018 Dan Howarth 0

The latest mid-century American motel to be revived as a boutique hotel is this 1950s building in San Francisco, which features colourful guest rooms and a landmarked swimming pool. The Phoenix Hotel was revamped by Liz Lambert, the designer and hotelier behind the recently reopened Austin Motel, which she similarly renovated under her operation company

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Off-Grid Guest House cantilevers over hillside with Pacific Ocean vistas

August 13, 2018 Jenna McKnight 0

US studios Anacapa Architecture and Willson Design have created a concrete-and-glass dwelling for a coastal property in California, with a bevy of sustainable features that minimise the building’s impact on the environment. The Off-Grid Guest House is situated within a wildlife preserve along the state’s Central Coast, near the town of Santa Barbara. Nestled into

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Napa winery by Bestor Architecture echoes mid-century modernism

August 10, 2018 Bridget Cogley 0

Los Angeles firm Bestor Architecture has built a white complex for a winery in Napa, Calfornia, complete with porthole windows and a zig-zag pavilion roof. Ashes & Diamonds comprises two different volumes – a production warehouse and a wine-tasting space – situated together on a spacious property close to downtown Napa. Owner Kashy Khaledi sought a modernist

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10 Los Angeles mansions fit for the rich and famous

August 9, 2018 Dan Howarth 0

The City of Angels has long been associated with grand residences and over-the-top villas built for the glitterati. Since we’ve published several contemporary examples recently, here’s a selection of more lavish LA pads from our archives. Stradella by SAOTA South African firm SAOTA’s first project in Los Angeles involved converting a 1970s Spanish-style residence into

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Gabled metal Folly cabins provide glamping site in Joshua Tree

August 8, 2018 Bridget Cogley 0

This pair of gabled structures, built from weathering steel by Cohesion Studio, can be rented by visitors in the southern California desert. Folly can be used by glampers in America’s Joshua Tree National Park, who are looking to experience an off-grid vacation without compromising modern conveniences. Malek Alqadi and Hillary Flur of Cohesion Studio designed the project following Alqadi’s

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Pelli Clarke Pelli’s Salesforce Transit Center opens in San Francisco

August 7, 2018 Dan Howarth 0

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects’ vast transit hub in downtown San Francisco will eventually connect 11 regional, state and national public transport modes, and is topped with a public park. The Salesforce Transit Center encompasses 1.5 million square feet (140,000 square metres), stretching five blocks parallel to Mission Street in the heart of the city. Positioned

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Facets and curves form exterior of Hollywood Hills House by Tighe Architecture

August 6, 2018 Jenna McKnight 0

American studio Tighe Architecture has created a sculptural residence on a tree-studded hillside in Los Angeles that is wrapped in plaster and large stretches of glass. Designed for a musician, the Hollywood Hills House is situated on a secluded and heavily wooded site in the eclectic neighbourhood of Nichols Canyon, just minutes from the Hollywood

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“Retail is not dead, but boring retail is dead” according to Nike

August 3, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Nike is testing a host of tech-driven shopping features at a new store in Los Angeles, as part of the sports brand’s major plans to “disrupt” retail. The stock at the pop-up-style Nike Live Melrose shop – and its location – were chosen using data sourced from local customers’ online shopping habits, and those using

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“Venturi Scott Brown’s MCASD addition should be saved because it is by Venturi Scott Brown”

August 2, 2018 Mimi Zeiger 0

Despite changing needs and tastes, Venturi Scott Brown’s threatened extension to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego warrants preservation simply because their names are attached to it, says Mimi Zeiger. Consider this a postcard from “Ugly Valley”. You know this place: it isn’t a downtrodden Catskills resort or the smoky grey Valley of Ashes

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Architects petition to save Venturi Scott Brown’s San Diego art museum

July 31, 2018 Dan Howarth 0

Over 70 architects, critics and preservationists have signed a petition to prevent the “tremendous mistake” of demolishing parts of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown’s Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, to make way for an expansion by Selldorf Architects. Architects Terry Farrell, Robert AM Stern and Toshiko Mori, critic Paul Goldberger, curator Martino Stierli,

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Anacapa Architecture creates AutoCamp glamping resort in northern California

July 30, 2018 Jenna McKnight 0

California studio Anacapa Architecture has designed a luxury campground in Sonoma County that features customised tents and Airstream trailers, along with an open-air clubhouse for guest check-in and socialising. The AutoCamp site is located in the scenic Russian River Valley, which is about 90 minutes north of San Francisco. Designed by Santa Barbara-based Anacapa Architecture

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Heusch revamps Edwin Residence overlooking LA’s Mulholland Drive

July 27, 2018 James Brillon 0

Architecture studio Heusch has sought to create a continuous experience between the indoor and outdoor spaces of this overhauled mid-century residence, located high up in the Santa Monica Mountains. The Edwin Residence was built in 1961, but the original design did not fully take advantage of the views and landscape, according to Heusch. Its 0.4-acre

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SAOTA turns Spanish-style house into Stradella villa in Bel Air

July 24, 2018 Jenna McKnight 0

South African firm SAOTA has completed its first project in Los Angeles, which involved converting a 1970s Spanish-style residence into a more minimal dwelling. The Stradella house is situated on a promontory in Bel Air, an affluent LA neighbourhood in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Wrapped in stone, stucco and glass, the residence

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Equinox Miracle Mile gym opens in former LA television studio

July 23, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Curving walls, fluted columns and golden touches are among features that Californian firm MBH Architects added to an old TV studio in Los Angeles, while converting it into a gym for luxury fitness brand Equinox. Equinox’s new location is situated on Miracle Mile – a strip along Wilshire Boulevard that is home to many of LA’s

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Framestudio refurbishes mid-century Sea Ranch Cabin in northern California

July 20, 2018 Bridget Cogley 0

Design collective Framestudio has restored a 1960s cabin originally built by American architect Joseph Esherick as a model for low-cost holiday housing. The Sea Ranch Cabin is one of a series of Demonstration Homes designed by Esherick, who practised in the San Francisco Bay Area. The cabin is surrounded by redwood trees in the planned community known

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Craig Steely positions Pam and Paul’s House on hillside in Silicon Valley

July 16, 2018 Jenna McKnight 0

US studio Craig Steely Architecture has created a two-level home for a sloped site in northern California, with vast stretches of glass that overlook the treetops. Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the residence – called Pam and Paul’s House – is located in Cupertino – the city where Apple has its vast headquarters.

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