Moore Ruble Yudell celebrates the completion of the Claremont McKenna College North Mall landscape. The master plan improvements include a new fountain, outdoor classrooms, expanded seating areas, drought-tolerant planting, bio-swales, and allows for universal access. read more
Santa Monica Village is the first major residential development to be built on Ocean Avenue in two decades and one of only a few condominium complexes under construction in Los Angele County presently. The Village will have 158 high end market rate condo’s and 160 affordable apartments for low income households, artists’ lofts and ground floor retail in a cluster of buildings upto 10 stories high. The project broke ground last year in December after almost 6 years of design and City review process. It’s slated for completion by January 2014. In 2005 the city of Santa Monica selected a design and development team to master plan and develop the project to include housing, neighborhood serving retail, necessary infrastructure and public open space on the property. The team worked collaboratively to optimize the framework and objectives of the Developer (The Related Companies of California) and the City including sustainability, social diversity and the creation of strong public space.
2802 Pico Housing is a 100% affordable housing project at the corner of Pico Boulevard and 28th Street for the nonprofit organization Community Corporation of Santa Monica...read more
2802 Pico Housing is a 100% affordable housing project at the corner of Pico Boulevard and 28th Street for the nonprofit organization Community Corporation of Santa Monica. This mixed-use urban project accommodates 33 units above active retail and community space organized around an engaging courtyard. The project strives to contribute to the life of its residents, neighbors and the City, by providing a pedestrian-friendly urban façade to enliven the corner of Pico and 28th streets. The project broke ground in December of last year is slated for completion in April 2013. The building is configured as an ensemble of stepped volumes ranging from two to four floors. A break in the urban façade on the north provides pedestrian access and engages the interior courtyard with the street life along Pico. On the 28th Street façade, a two-story volume accommodating a community room helps to break down the mass of the building and allows the ocean breeze to create naturally ventilated spaces. The architectural design emphasizes economy by using a layering approach of projected and recessed planes, with the ground floor expressed as a strong base. The walls are punched with a pattern of windows articulated as vertical, horizontal or wrapped openings. The simple palette of materials includes multicolored cement board panels.The courtyard optimizes social interaction and incorporates a playful array of bridges, walkways and stairs. Aligned with the entrance from Pico Boulevard, a social hub is created at the heart of the courtyard surrounded by the community room, laundry, main stairs and elevator that surround a children's play area.