Long Beach, CA
The best part of Camp Shiwaka is that we have fun, we learn, and we get to be with all the other groups.
Camp Shiwaka is an inclusive day and overnight camp catering to children of families from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Camp Shiwaka is run by Campfire, one of the nation's leading youth development organizations and sits on a 6.8 acre parcel in Long Beach, California.
architecture350, in conjunction with Totum consulting, was asked to design a new complex of lodge buildings including a main lodge and two small ancillary lodge buildings totaling approximately 7,000 square feet. The lodges are set 18 inches below grade and are completely earth sheltered thus blending into the surrounding camp setting of trees, trails and open activity areas. The main gathering space, the Big Hall provides a rustic modern assembly area nestled into the landscape and topped with a 10' by 20' skylight providing abundant daylight and a strong earth/sky connection. This main space is flanked by support spaces including a Craft Room, Kitchen, Bathrooms, Storage areas and exterior canopied patios to the south all connected by wide vaulted and skylit circulation spaces.
The adjacent Round Lodge and Fireplace Lodges provide smaller and more intimate gathering spaces and accommodate overnight campers.
This new residence for a family of four envisions a flexible living environment taking maximum advantage of their Venice location.
The two-story structure which hugs the north property line contains over 2,600 SF of naturally ventilated interior living space leaving a band of outdoor area to the south that extends the usable living area on this 40’ wide lot. Taking full advantage of the mild Los Angeles climate, 50 linear feet of full-height sliding doors along the ground floor establish a fluid and continuous connection between interior living spaces and exterior yards. Nestled in the yard immediately adjacent to the living space is a spa/pool combination with a motorized deck which can be retracted over the pool providing a variety of uses depending on weather or functional desires
Cross ventilation is achieved by both the narrow plan and the strategic deployment of operable windows and sliding doors, thus eliminating the need for air conditioning, while radiant in-floor heating efficiently heats the residence. The mass of the project is broken up into three elements. The ground floor is clad in reclaimed wood from the demolition of the existing residence on site which the owners lived in for many years. This elicits a shadow memory of the original house carried over into the new home. The balance of the upper floor is clad in smooth troweled stucco with the Master Suite acting as a book-end clad in painted metal siding. A large roof deck adds to the usable outdoor space and provides extensive views out over the neighborhood and to the Santa Monica mountains to the north.
West Hollywood, CA
The Fairfax Apartments is a 53 unit sustainably designed, modern apartment building in West Hollywood, California designed in conjunction with R&A Design and Totum Consulting. These sophisticated units along a major north/south thoroughfare raise the bar for rental housing in this progressive city.
The five story mass is broken down into three distinct yet related buildings situated around a generous central courtyard with well integrated outdoor spaces. The project includes seven penthouse units with private roof decks and stunning city and mountain views. The courtyard arrangement of the building provides a sense of community within the project and allows all units to experience natural light on at least two sides. Each unit incorporates large expanses of glass in the main living spaces providing light filled interiors and an innovative modern sensibility throughout. Every unit overlooks the shared courtyard with drought tolerant landscaping, community dining facilities, water features and raised planter areas with integral seating. Additionally, the rooftop community terrace includes a pool and sun terrace, extensive covered outdoor terraces, a community room with full kitchen facilities and a state of the art gymnasium.
Los Angeles, CA
AGENC is an experiential and digital marketing firm headquartered in Los Angeles with a satellite office in New York and a global presence. They design and produce immersive and impactful live experience events for a roster of A-List entertainment and media clients as well as public agencies such as the City of Beverly Hills.
AGENC recently purchased a 7,500 SF light industrial building in the rapidly gentrifying area west of downtown LA and adjacent to the Culver City arts district. Architecture350 worked closely with the creative owners to craft a contemporary work space which reflects AGENC’s media savvy ethos of creating casually professional immersive digital events designed to disrupt traditional event production experiences. Through surgical interventions including opening and raising portions of the roof, natural light was brought deep into the building creating a range of open and private work spaces as well as small and large collaboration spaces fostering a balanced work environment where teams can work together and individuals can find quiet spaces to focus on specific tasks.