We’ve praised Studio One Eleven and so has a plethora of other organizations.
These are the masterminds behind the lauded Senior Arts Colony. The brilliant Signal Hill affordable housing complex. The gorgeous Children Today facility. The parklets at Berlin, Lola’s and At Last Cafe. That beautiful, coastline gem that is the Bluff Hotel—oh wait, never mind: greedy and inept labor unionists shot that beautiful project down in the name of self-interest.
But let’s veer away from the negative and focus on a not-so-shocking positive thing. In their ever cool style, Studio One Eleven once again garnered a handful of awards at this year’s American Institute of Architects Long Beach/Southbay Chapter Awards Ceremony.
They were awarded for three projects: Formosa South at The Lot, the Long Beach Parklet Program, and the Weingart-Lakewood YMCA.
Citation Award in Urban Design: The Long Beach Parklet Program
The jury recognized the Long Beach Parklet program for a Citation award within its own category of Urban Design and noted, “This community facility renovation is quite elegant. The transparent facade is very inviting to the public and we appreciate the amount of daylight it provides to the large interior space. We enjoy the connectivity of the interior to the exterior and to all of the necessary spaces for what this facility offers. They used a fair amount of restraint in the design that would be required for a project of this nature.”
The parklet program marks a growing believe in “tactical urbanism”—a term often used by Principal and Director of Design at Studio One Eleven Michael Bohn—which is essentially urban design that is cost-effective and quick without losing aesthetic quality or utility.
“We’re pushing the sustainability front in the public realm,” said Bohn. “We want to make immediate improvements to areas that may not have the resources to do so for themselves. We’re taking streets, leveraging them for multiple uses, but more importantly, we’re energizing areas and creating places.”
Merit Award in Commercial: The Lakewood YMCA
The jury awarded the Lakewood YMCA with a Merit award and said, “This community facility renovation is quite elegant. The transparent facade is very inviting to the public and we appreciate the amount of daylight it provides to the large interior space. We enjoy the connectivity of the interior to the exterior and to all of the necessary spaces for what this facility offers. They used a fair amount of restraint in the design that would be required for a project of this nature.”
The project, which broke ground in early 2014 and opened this year, added an additional 10,000 sq. ft. of space to the already existing 25,000 sq. ft., including two additional group exercise rooms, a Family Adventure Center geared towards activities for families and children, and a space that has doubled in size for kids’ activities. The expanded space is essential for not just those in Lakewood, but East Long Beach and Hawaiian Gardens residents as well.
It follows the recent renovation of the Los Cerritos YMCA and ultimately expands on the rather large Greater Long Beach YMCA, which serves 30,000 visitors in 11 cities across the southern Los Angeles County area every year.
Merit Award in Commercial: Formosa South at The Lot
The jury awarded Formosa South at The Lot with a Merit award and said, “This five-story office building showed an elegance that came from restraint. It is a very simple building that looks like it’s a nice place to work. The use of the exterior material is consistent and does not break up the form. Interesting juxtaposition of this building among the older historic buildings. It is quite engaging.”
This five-story class act of glass is not just home to Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Funny or Die headquarters, but also serves as the headquarters for Oprah’s OWN Network. Set at 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Formosa South sits at what is called The Lot, the new name for the former Warner Hollywood Studios on Santa Monica Boulevard between Formosa Avenue and Poinsettia Place.
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