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©2002-2010 standard® | tree house | los angeles, ca 1,800 sq ft | new residence architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | nicholas hopson | sylwia pasciak photos: ©benny chan/fotoworks
©2008-2009 standard® | national wildflower centre | liverpool, england 18,000 sq ft | competition entry for wildflower cultivation and visitor centre architect team: silvia kuhle | jeffrey allsbrook | alexander babich | kazu shichishima | alexis carver mechanical | structure | sustainable systems team: buro happold The Living Conservatory is a glasshouse with a green roof, enveloped by the National Wildflower Centre's historic walled garden. The new building is a terraced landscape that links the ground and the sky; the microscope and the telescope. Like the walled garden, the Living Conservatory avails to natural forces to temper the microclimate, creating a comfortable and habitable interior. Its wildflower covered green roof extends the existing demonstration garden to the west brickwork wall. The PV “Sunflowers” follow the movement of the earth, visually synchronizing the garden with the sun. The “Megaliths” anchor the scheme structurally and compositionally. Orientated toward the southern sky, these volumes transform the sun’s light. With their proportions based on the Golden ratio, the Community Room “Megalith” diffuses the light evenly while the Contemplation/Prayer Room “Megalith” has a narrow, deep slot that will mark the changing seasons on an interior calendar. Placed near the entrance to the new facility, the Wind Spire is proposed to provide power and as a vertical landmark for the NWS. With planning approval, additional wind turbines would be proposed for Court Hey Park, as this is a significant site resource.
©2006-2008 standard® | james perse flagship store| beverly hills, ca 5,000 sq ft | retail store architect project team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | caroline smogorzewski | jaime roveri photos: ©benny chan/fotoworks Tasked with designing the new flagship and a flexible prototype for a James Perse store roll-out, Standard created a fluid plan that defines distinct areas through subtle transitions. Open and transparent, outdoor and indoor spaces defined by their materials are layered through the building, framed with light and dark wood, stone, plaster, glass. Sliding shutter-doors are used both as veiled screens between spaces and integrated into the full height millwork. This store was named one of the "Top 20 Retailers" by Monocle in 2009, received an Architectural Design Award from the city of Beverly Hills in 2007, and established the design template for the Malibu Lumberyard store.
©2007-2008 standard® | revolve flagship store | los angeles, ca 2,600 sq. ft. | multibrand retail architect team: silvia kuhle | jeffrey allsbrook | moira henry | travis muroki | gregg oelker | caroline smogorzewski photos: ©benny chan/fotoworks Online couture retailer revolveclothing.com desired a flexible space for their physical debut store and the design of the boutique responds by showcasing a changing selection of designers while transforming periodically into an event space. Set back from Melrose Avenue, a square display window within a dark metal wall announces the store’s entrance. Inside, a long wall of vertical fins emphasizes the space’s verticality while affording individual display niches for a changing group of apparel labels. Each fin is cut to a unique curved profile, countering their repetition in plan with a soft vertical topography. Custom designed fixtures of stainless and black dyed MDF are minimal, low, and removable. A passage way leads to a walled garden containing a set of museum-like vitrines displaying contemporary and vintage fashion pieces.
©2008 standard® | ridge house | los angeles, ca 2,500 sq ft | residential addition architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | jaime roveri | travis muroki
©2007-2008 standard® | tarina tarantino | los angeles, ca 21,500 sq ft | corporate office/historic rehabilitation architect team: silvia kuhle | kristina loock | travis muroki | jaime roveri | caroline smogorzewski
©2001 standard® | jsm+ communications | santa monica, ca 8,000 sq ft | tenant improvement architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | jamie bush (type 4) photos: © john linden Located on 30th Street in Santa Monica, the project scope was to gut and remodel a 7,500 sq. ft. space within a 30,000 sq. ft. existing building. The budget was fixed at $50 per sq. ft. The program called for 16 private offices, open work areas, informal meeting areas and a conference room to accommodate approximately 42 full time staff. The solution put the offices at the perimeter, with translucent polycarbonate walls filtering light to the open office areas. The reception and conference room were placed in the center of the space, defined by a transverse zone of wood decking. In order to keep costs low, fluorescent light fixtures and doors were salvaged from the previous improvements and re-installed in the new context. The ceilings, which were dense with beams, pipes and ducts, were painted white and up-lit, giving it a sculptural appearance.
©2009 standard® | hidden house | los angeles, ca 3,500 sq ft | new residence architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | sIlvia kuhle | yoshihiro miura | sylwia pasciak photos: ©benny chan/fotoworks Hidden house is located on a serene 7-acre site where the paved road ends at a hand written sign marking the entrance to “Hidden Canyon.” The property, accessed via a half-mile unpaved road, offers views of the city but seems a world away from Los Angeles at the same time. Originally commissioned to design a new home for a young family who had purchased the site, Standard opted to integrate much of the existing 1940’s house structure. While doubling the size of the existing house to 3,500 sq. ft., this approach reduced the environmental footprint of the project, minimized impact to the narrow access road, and informed a clustered organization of the floor plan. Vestiges of the former house remain as individual rooms that attach to a larger L-shaped open plan that forms two large outdoor rooms, one oriented toward the city and one oriented to the canyon. The new and the old are integrated though a consistent approach to the exterior materials. The east-west walls are covered with cement plaster, while the north and south facing walls are clad in wood siding. Outside, wood decks lead to concrete patios that are scaled like interior rooms. The two courtyards are linked through the living/dining room via six large wood and glass pivot doors. From the informal areas of the house, a 24 foot wide sliding door pockets into the wall, creating a seamless indoor/outdoor connection. Daily life is centered around the canyon courtyard, which transitions to an expansive yard northeast of the house. The yard is given over to kitchen gardens, an organic flower farm, and a chicken coop. Other areas around the house are landscaped with native flora such as Oaks, Sycamores, and Manzanita that transition to the native chaparral on the rest of the property. The House is constructed with sustainable materials and features, ranging from redwood cladding sourced in California, to reclaimed end-grain wood flooring, cork flooring, and high efficiency equipment. The house is designed for cross ventilation and natural lighting, reducing the need for air conditioning and electrical lighting. Maturation of the landscape trees will further reduce cooling loads. Hidden house is a modest real-world synthesis of goals that Standard is pursuing in housing competition proposals: situating dwellings within a natural habitat, integrating local agricultural production, re-linking food consumption and production, and supposing that these objectives could support a paradigm-shift in the way we live.
©2007-2008 standard® | maxfield bleu | beverly hills, ca 6,000 sq ft | retail and office architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | gregg oelker | caroline smogorzewski | travis muroki
©1996 standard® | maxfield bleu | robertson blvd | los angeles, ca 5,000 sq ft | retail store architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | keith krumwiede
©2004-2005 standard® | james perse | bleecker street | new york, ny 1,000 sq ft | retail store architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | darci oberly, architect of record photos: ©benny chan/fotoworks
©1998-1999 standard® | james perse house | hollywood hills | los angeles, ca 2,300 sq ft | interior & landscape architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle photos ©claudio santini
©2007-2008 standard® | jenni kayne original store | almont drive | west hollywood, ca 2,400 sq ft | retail store architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | alexander babich | travis muroki | jaime roveri photos: ©benny chan/fotoworks
©2004-2005 standard® | james perse malibu 1,000 sq ft | retail store architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | yoshihiro miura photos: ©benny chan/fotoworks
©2001-2004 standard®| infinity terrace | los angeles, ca swimming pool & landscape architect team: jeffrey allsbrook photos: ©benny chan/fotoworks
©2003-2004 standard® | canyon house | los angeles, ca 2,400 sq ft | new residence architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | sylwia pasciak
©2005-2006 standard® | james perse | las vegas, nv 1,600 sq ft | retail store project team: rami atout, architect photos: ©benny chan/fotoworks
©2003 standard® | james perse | melrose avenue | west hollywood, ca 2,700 sq ft | retail store architect team: jeffrey allsbrook photos: ©benny chan/fotoworks
©2008-2011 standard® | ehrlich kayne residence | beverly hills, ca 6,000 sf | new residence architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | caroline smogorzewski | jaime roveri profiled in Architectural Digest: http://www.architecturaldigest.com/celebrity-homes/2012/jenni-kayne-los-angeles-house-article
©2009 standard® | madison/diavolina | los angeles, ca 7,000 sf | retail store architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | alexander babich | alexis carver | gregg oelker | caroline smogorzewski
©2006-2007 standard® | james perse | bleecker street | new york, ny 1,000 sq ft | retail store architect team: jeffrey allsbrook, designer | christian ceci | darci oberly, architect of record photos: ©benny chan/fotoworks
©2001 | M1 | culver city, ca 3,500 sq ft | advertising agency architect team: jared levy | jeffrey allsbrook | brian o'neall photos: © john linden Located on Washington Boulevard in Culver City, the project scope was to gut and remodel a 4,000 sq. ft. industrial building with a high, bow-string truss roof structure. The program called for 5 private offices, open work areas, informal meeting areas and a conference room for approximately 16 staff. The conference room was conceived as freestanding volume within the space, positioned under an existing skylight. A slot in the ceiling of the conference room was aligned with the skylight, and a thin, translucent paneling system was built to connect the ceiling to the roof. This illuminated light box was designed as the entrance to the conference room and it became the focal point of the interior space. Private offices were positioned to one edge, and the open office area takes advantage of natural light from exterior glazing. Because the budget was modest, the existing block-work walls were left exposed, the concrete floors were sealed, and walls were painted in saturated colors to contrast these materials.
©2008-2009 standard® | hillside gallery | santa monica, ca 2,000 sq ft | private art gallery architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | caroline smogorzewski | travis muroki | gregg oelker | jaime roveri ©benny chan/fotoworks The 2,000 sq. ft. private art gallery is built under an artificial landscape that is supported by a massive concrete structure reminiscent of a freeway overpass. The challenge of the project was to create a cohesive gallery within the leftover space between the concrete deck above and the sloping hillside below. The solution was to organize the gallery on two levels and to create a functional ceiling that unified the jumble of concrete beams and abrupt level changes above. The entry to the gallery opens into a mezzanine gallery that overlooks the voluminous main gallery below. A wide stair leads down to a large north-facing window opening to distant views over the landscape. The undulating white beamed ceiling covers the existing concrete structure above, forming a smooth topography that defines the maximum ceiling heights. Lighting, mechanical and AV devices are slotted between the beams. A horizontal datum is established by rift sawn oak paneling in the lower gallery. The same wood is used for the stairway and mezzanine floor. As the ceiling rises, the paneling gives way to white walls. Smooth concrete floors complement the white and wood walls.
©2008 standard® | desert house | palm springs, ca 6,000 sq ft | new residence project team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | alexander babich | kazu shichishima | elena koroleva
©2006-2008 standard® | maxfield gallery | los angeles, ca 2,400 sq ft | gallery architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | gregg oelker | yoshihiro miura | travis muroki A 2,400 warehouse building used for garment storage was repurposed to become a gallery for 20th and 21st century applied arts. The gallery displays selections from the owner’s collection of furniture, lights, vehicles, and architectural elements, as well as temporary exhibitions. Built in the 1940s, the existing building was characterized by brick walls and a wood roof supported on steel beams. The design proposed to retain and expose the existing materials and to insert a new, patchable wall surface over the brick perimeter walls. The new wall surface is open at the top, with access to concealed electrical and video outlets, so that lighting or video screens can be located at any point on the walls. Two ceiling surfaces were planned for similar, flexible fixture positioning. A skylight washes the south wall and the north facing exterior wall is fully glazed. An even grid of fluorescent fixtures illuminates the space, with concealed track lighting above the east and west walls. For the installation of vehicles and larger items, a 9’ x 12’ exterior sliding door was located at the rear of the building. Four panels designed by Jean Prouve are integrated as sliding doors along the south side of the gallery. The roof was well insulated from the top, allowing for exposed structure, concealed electrical wiring, and efficient HVAC operation. Apart from the steel beams and the sliding panels, surfaces are painted white. The floors are black colored concrete.
©2000-2001 standard® | streamline house | los angeles, ca 5,000 sq ft | addition and poolhouse (project) project team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | sylwia pasciak
©2000-2001 standard® | lyte stores | national rollout 1,500 sq ft | retail prototypes architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | jared levy | dave grant
©2009 standard® with coen partners | co-op canyon | dallas, tx 380,000 sq. ft. | competition entry for re:vision dallas, a net zero energy sustainable city block | honorable mention architect team: silvia kuhle | jeffrey allsbrook | alexis carver | kazushige shichishima | brandon bown | alex babich | gregg oelker landscape architects: coen partners structural engineer: thornton tomasetti mep engineer: IBE consulting engineers sustainable systems: atelier ten cost evaluation: davis langdon CO-OP CANYON is a cooperative community of 1,000 people living together in terraced cliff dwellings overlooking lush urban canyon. Residents gain equity in the co-op through participation in construction, agricultural, maintenance, education and conservation programs central to the sustenance of the community. The dwelling terraces are lined with FRONT YARD gardens hosting native plants that vary in color and texture as they ascend above the canyon floor; BACKYARD gardens punctuate the ends of the terraces. Below, in the green CANYON FLOOR residents exchange knowledge and resources under the shade of trees. Small live-work and commercial spaces, child care, play and fitness spaces and the COMMUNITY KITCHEN, the co-op’s wellness center, are active with people, while native birds and insects inhabit the canyon’s plantings. The canyon walls are relatively thin, ample natural illumination and air circulation within the dwellings. At the street level, these porous walls form the threshold between the community and the urban context, linking the terraced canyon floor to the streets of Dallas. Vertical circulation to the dwellings is travels through SKIP-STOP lobbies, where an elevator stops on one level of multi-story space, and stairs lead to adjacent levels. Skip stop lobbies promote fitness and interaction; they are the DRIVEWAY spaces where residents share laundry facilities, recycling chutes, and exercise bikes. FOOD is the thread that knits the community together. Garden allotments, both concentrated in the project’s Community Farm, and dispersed throughout the backyard terraces, allow residents to grow, exchange and share canyon-grown produce. Hobbyists grow produce for daily needs and informal exchange in the Backyard allotments, and the terraces host small gatherings and cookouts. The Community Farm is the focal point of the southern canyon, situated on the stepped terraces that link the levels of the canyon floor. Produce from the Community Farm is consumed in the Community Kitchen and sold in the market spaces below. The Community Kitchen, where the exchange of knowledge about healthy diet, cultural and family cooking techniques is a resource for healthy eating. Located adjacent to the child care center and the fitness center, the Community Kitchen offers regular classes and food tastings focused on nutrition, locally grown produce, and sharing cultural traditions. The Community Kitchen is a part of holistic approach to health that includes exercise and inter-generational social interaction encouraged by work in the canyon’s gardens.
©2009 standard® | beverly hills chamber of commerce 10,000 sq. ft. | proposed new facade and building modernization architect team: silvia kuhle | jeffrey allsbrook | kazushige shichishima
©2006 standard® | james perse brentwood | los angeles, ca 300 sq. ft. | retail store architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | yoshihiro miura
©2006 standard® | james perse san diego | fashion valley mall, san diego, ca 1,400 sq. ft. | retail store architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | prajwal krishna | christian ceci
©2002-2003 standard® | artist's studio | los angeles, ca 1,200 sq. ft. | studio addition to existing residence architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | tom greek
©2003 standard® | james perse corporate offices | vernon, ca 20,000 sq. ft. | offices, design studio, sample production and shipping facility architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | sylwia pasciak | prajwal krishna
©2009 standard® with coen partners | gondwana circle | san francisco botanical garden, ca competition entry for an interpretive landscape architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | alexis carver | sylwia pasciak | alex babich | kazushige shichishima landscape architect: coen partners: stephanie grotta | bryan kramer | erica christenson The project transforms the San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Gondwana Circle into a visually dynamic and figurative landscape representing the five Gondwanan continents shifting in a shallow fountain tiled to recall tectonic plates and plate boundaries. Gondwana circle, located at the convergence of the SFBG’s various southern hemisphere gardens, expresses the former unity and commonality of the now separated, and floristically unique, continents. At Gondwana Circle, the diversity of the SFBG’s collection gives way to a limited palette of flowering Protea and Grevillea. These two prehistoric plant families, which evolved on Gondwana and later co-evolved on separate land masses, represent the significance of a single origin and the subsequent parallel-diversification on separate continents. Grevillea covers the continent-planters and is mixed with Protea at the abutting borders of the Austrailian, New Zealand, Chile and South American Gardens. The design forms a physical and visual link between these gardens, and is a significant locus for orientation in the SFBG. Gondwana Circle expresses the dynamics of plate tectonics and the movement of the earth’s crust through the pool’s tile pattern and color, and in the form of the planter walls. The vertical faces of the planters - molded in concrete, layered like geologic strata, are imprinted with “fossils” of ancient plants. The planters overlap the geometric inner circle, hinting at the slow outward spreading of the continents.
©2009-2010 standard® | air force village chapel | san antonio, tx 11,700 sq. ft. | competition entry for a multi-faith spiritual center for the air force village retirement community architect team: silvia kuhle | jeffrey allsbrook | kazushige shichishima | sylwia pasciak | brandon bown structural engineer: buro happold
©2009-2010 standard® | bahia meadows | novato, ca 20,000 sq. ft. | competition entry for net zero energy sustainable senior housing | honorable mention architect team: silvia kuhle | jeffrey allsbrook | alexis carver | alex babich | brandon bown | sylwia pasciak structural engineer: buro happold sustainable systems: buro happold A competition entry for low cost, sustainable senior housing in California - Bahia Meadows is a suburban infill project of 29 accessible dwellings and a range of community facilities focused on habitat preservation, agriculture, and local commerce. New buildings are proposed only on existing graded pads, leaving extensive areas of the site dedicated to agriculture and open space, encouraging coexistence with wildlife. Agricultural uses are planned at the level of the individual and the community, encouraging a neighborhood identity that's based on a sustained balance between the beneficial use and preservation of nature.Inspired by the turf-roofed structures of the Coast Miwok, each dwelling has a grass roof hosting native meadow plants, promoting biodiversity and replacing the ground displaced by the housing. Entering the community from Bahia Drive, the roofscape of solar panels and meadow-covered roofs presents a new terrain. Dwellings placed side by side in groups of up to three are informally staggered as they terrace down the slopes. Patios and decks are located at the east and west end of each home, taking advantage of the expansive views, and promoting social interaction between residents next door. Drought tolerant native oak trees and bunch grasses are planned for the spaces around the houses; restoring habitat while reducing maintenance and water use. Raised planting beds allow residents to maintain small kitchen gardens. The main street intersection is planned as a neighborhood public space, linking Bahia to Novato, activated by the traffic in and out of the community. A mix of services converge at this node: a General Store with local produce and light food service, a pharmacy/part-time nurse, an outdoor gathering space, a demonstration garden, and a vineyard maintenance area. Laundry and housecleaning services for senior residents are also based here, creating a small community hub where residents, visitors from adjacent neighborhoods, and hikers from the adjacent trail interact. A new accessible walking trail through the natural and agricultural open space within Bahia also meets this junction. The dwellings reduce energy consumption through their solar orientation, as well as their passive and active features. Depending on the season, indoor air is pre-heated or pre-cooled via a heat recovery ventilator and a ground duct heat exchanger. A roof-installed solar thermal collector heats domestic water and hydronic system. Photovoltaic panels cover the parking areas, capable of generating well in excess of the dwellings' energy consumption.
©2009-2010 standard® | tommy bahama laguna beach | bar & grill and retail store 5,500 sq ft | 3,000 sq ft restaurant and 2,500 sq ft retail store architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | brandon bown | kazushige shichishima | jenny ly photos: ©benny chan/fotoworks The 5,500 square foot beachfront space is located on the ground floor of the historic Heisler Building in Laguna Beach, California. The restaurant occupies 3,000 sq ft, while 2,500 sq ft are allotted to the retail store. Beyond the aesthetic agenda of creating a new image for Tommy Bahama, the project presented many technical challenges that were met ad overcome during the design and construction process. The project was designed and completed in less than eleven months, with a traditional design-bid-build framework., which required much communication and cooperation between all parties. Combining a retail program with a restaurant program in a multi-level tenant space required a clear understanding of ADA and exiting code issues. The space contained several level changes, with exterior exit doors at four different floor levels. A circulation and exiting scheme was designed to meet the code requirements without exception and simultaneously minimize the visual impact of these requirements and their demand on space. The tenant space is located in the ground floor of a two story historic building, with mechanical and electrical access to the roof passing through another tenant’s space. Ceiling levels were low and the structure above is dense, so that services had to be run below or around the structure. All mechanical, electrical, and fire sprinklers were precisely coordinated to work functionally and aesthetically while maintaining the maximum possible ceiling heights.
©2009-20010 standard® | santa fe studios| vernon, ca 21,000 sq ft | offices, design studios and sample production architect project team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | alexander babich photos: ©standard Located at the intersection of Santa Fe and 53rd Street in Vernon, California, the Santa Fe studios comprise three abutting masonry and wood framed industrial buildings, combined to accommodate the design and sample production facilities for Joie. The total floor area of the project is 21,000 sq. ft., with 5,000 sq. ft dedicated to required parking. The program includes executive and marketing offices, conference room, design studios, patternmaking and sample sewing areas. The challenge was to organize these areas so that they would function effectively, while simultaneously retaining some of the buildings’ existing infrastructure, including an exterior entrance and interior stairways. The design solution involved relocating the main entry to the rear of the central building and creating a meandering circulation path that connects the parking building, the new entry, the stairways and the former entry on Santa Fe Ave. The unique roof structure of each building suggested different approaches to spatial organizations, and the room arrangement is a response to this. The central building houses design studios and a conference room separated by glass and storage walls, in-filled under the existing glu-lam beams. The executive offices were located on the upper floor, with the rest of the program organized on the ground floor. Because the budget was modest, the finishes are kept simple: ground concrete floors, painted walls, and clear sealed wood.
©2011 standard® | 500 sq ft pastry shop concept for rollout design team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | susan nwankpa | jenny ly
©2011 standard® | charles david store concept for nationwide rollout design team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | kazushige shichishima | alexander babich | susan nwankpa | jenny ly
©2011 standard® | design team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | alexander babich | jenny ly | sylwia pasciak
©2011 standard® | design team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | alexander babich | brandon bown | tiara chu | jenny ly | kazushige shichishima
©2011 standard® | 2,000 sq. ft. residential addition design team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | klara rodstrom | kazushige shichishima | alexander babich
©2011 standard® | local park for park(ing) day* | los angeles, ca design team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | brandon bown | alexander babich | Kazushige shichishima | jenny ly | klara rodstrom | channah levy | sponsored, in part, by ARC Reprographcs "Sous les pavés, la plage" (Under the paving stones, a beach) Taking cues from Park(ing) Day’s* theme, the iconic Hollywood sign, and the context in front of Local restaurant, LOCAL PARK is four large “topiary” letters that spell the word P-A-R-K. In combination with the existing storefront behind, the sign reads LOCAL PARK. Directed toward Sunset Blvd., the installation grabs the attention of the driving and bus-riding public and leaves the enigmatic impression of a green PARK at the side of the boulevard. Not in search of a fixed message, the sign might be read as a cheerful request to park your vehicle, and as an expression of the need for more green space in the city. The sign reverses the man-made vs. nature relationship of the Hollywood sign and turns the lettering into a landscape within the urban context. The letters are ballasted with sandboxes to create a temporary space for relaxing, expanding the space of the sidewalk. *Original PARK(ing) Day concept by Rebar. www.rebargroup.org.
©2011 standard® | tommy bahama corte madera | retail store 4,000 sq ft retail store architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | kazushige shichishima | alexander babich photos: ©benny chan/fotoworks
©2011 standard® | design team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | jenny ly | kazushige shichishima competition entry for a public plaza at sunset junction in silverlake, california Red Car Plaza design reconnects the small site to Sunset Junction’s historical context through a shift in scale – by representing the intersection of Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards in miniature, replete with the former Red Car traffic that informed the name of the place. Through the planting of Sycamore trees the design builds on the improvements made to the existing pocket park at Sunset and Edgecliff Avenue, and supports a cohesive identity for this part of the neighborhood. Two linear strips of charcoal-colored concrete paving cross the plaza’s permeable surface of decomposed granite, with scale railroad tracks embedded flush into the surface. Five stainless steel benches, detailed recreations of the Pacific Electric Red Cars that frequented Sunset Junction in the 1940s and 1950s, line the edges of the plaza to suggest a scale model of the larger intersection. Low energy night lighting is accommodated in the benches’ headlights. Four native California Sycamore trees frame the corners of the plaza and provide shade. The large trees, which may grow over 60 feet tall, give the space an urban scale while the streetcar benches articulate the pocket-sized park. In a city filled with large scale distractions like billboards, the design’s shift in scale to the miniature seizes attention. The close proximity of the eastbound traffic lanes on two sides of the plaza allows the space to be experienced from stopped and passing vehicles, inviting notice from the occupants of passing cars and buses, as much as pedestrians and cyclists.
©2011-2012 standard® | jenni kayne brentwood | brentwood, ca 1,200 sq ft | retail store project team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | klara rodstrom | jenny ly opening march 2012
©2012 standard® | james turrell skyspace | santa monica | ca private art installation architect: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | tiara chu | kazushige shichishima | jenny ly designed in collaboration with James Turrell
©2012 standard® | let there be dragons bus | los angeles ca bus interior design project team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhe | kazu shichishima | alexander babich Inspired by the spirit of adventure implied by the "Let There Be Dragons" name and mission, Standard imagined the vehicle more as a ship than a bus. With a limited budget, Standard transformed the highest impact elements – the ceiling, wall panels, lighting and work surfaces, to give the interior a sense of repose. The fabric headliner was replaced with a ceiling made from thin strips of white oak that express the curve of the roof. The fabric walls were replaced with walnut panels with simple round lights. Luminous coves and a skylight brought an ambient glow to the space, making it the interior a comfortable work environment.
©2012-2013 standard® | design for eight prototype stores for pressed juicery : beverly hills | bedford drive | 350 sqft store los angeles | westwood village | 400 sqft store los angeles |studio city | 350 sqft store los angeles |downtown | kiosk store marin country mart | kiosk montecito | kiosk san francisco | ferry terminal | kiosk san francisco | noe valley | 400 sqft store team: silvia kuhle | jeffrey allsbrook | alexander babich | tiara chu | erin cuevas | jenny ly | klara rodstrom
©2009-2012 standard® | blue jay way | los angeles, ca 2,300 sq ft | addition and remodel architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | kazushige shichishima
©2013 standard® | design for 10,000 sqft contemporary art gallery for kayne griffin corcoran on 1201 south la brea avenue architect team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | greg corso | daniel dunham | evan shieh | collaboration with artist james turrell on permanent skyspace and LED lighting scheme For Kayne Griffin Corcoran’s new exhibition space we endeavored to create architecture in its most elemental form – spaces, or envelopes, composed from a careful study of proportion, light and material. Spaces in which every detail had to be considered so as to vanish – to allow the art to take center stage, rather than the architecture. Our desire is to create environments that enable a dialogue between the art and architecture, offering nuanced experiences from one space to the next that are informed by the particular qualities of each space and the art that inhabits it. Kayne Griffin Corcoran occupies a site on busy South La Brea Boulevard in Los Angeles, an emerging commercial neighborhood surrounded by a dense residential fabric. Comprised of an existing 9,500 square foot warehouse and a spacious exterior open space, the site is protected from the active surrounding context by fifteen feet tall perimeter walls. From the street, we intentionally left Kayne Griffin Corcoran’s new exhibition venue largely unaltered so as to blend into the surrounding urban fabric. A low-slung warehouse, fully overgrown with vines that root it historically and visually to its place, draws minimal attention to itself, offering no indication of what lies behind its walls. The first point of transition from the everyday urbanity of Southern California to the art space occurs at the exterior entry: a custom gate - ten feet tall and fourteen feet wide and composed of black painted, industrial steel paneling - opens into an expansive courtyard, which in turn, is sheltered from its surrounding by walls that are blanketed with the same densely overgrown vines that characterize the exterior. Upon entry into the courtyard, one enters into an environment mediated by the relationship between art and architecture. A processional, integrally colored, black concrete walkway, set slightly higher than the courtyard, and a slender steel trellis that spans the length of the walkway, leads the visitor from arrival point to the gallery’s main entry. In contrast to the site’s appearance from the street, a sense of openness and transparency prevails from within the courtyard. A series of three large glazed openings at the far end of the courtyard reveal the galleries: all is visible. The architecture provides the context and frame not only for views of the Southern California sky but the art contained within. The basic organization of the new exhibition space follows the rhythm of the warehouse’s existing structural system – a series of four trusses spaced nineteen feet apart that support the roof, around which we created a sequence of galleries, supporting service spaces, and the entry courtyard. Ceiling heights are maximized just below the bottom cords of the trusses; new ceiling coffers, located between the trusses, allow for additional height in the main gallery and create a play on perspective while filtering natural light into the gallery. In order to create an exhibition venue with maximum flexibility, our design strategy incorporates a series of operable wall and door panels that allow the space to be reconfigured in response to specific installations and events. Fifteen-foot tall, floor to ceiling wall panels, devoid of any visible hardware or visual distractions, separate the interior galleries and connect them to the surrounding art storage. A series of oversized, twelve-foot tall steel and glass pivot doors define the envelope that separates interior and exterior. Easily operable, these wall panels and doors allow the individual spaces to transform into a singular, grand indoor-outdoor gathering space for public openings and special events. From inception of the project, Kayne Griffin Corcoran wanted to integrate a series of permanent installations by James Turrell into their new exhibition space. Working closely with Turrell, we worked to seamlessly integrate a primary Skyspace and a series of smaller light installations throughout the galleries. For the Skyspace, a light installation within an indoor-outdoor room accessible from the venue’s foyer, we altered the existing roof to allow for the tall proportions and operable roof dome. Throughout the design process, Turrell responded to features intrinsic to the design, to create a series of integrated light installations at the main gallery’s ceiling coffers, the south gallery’s skylights and courtyard walls. The result is a seamless integration of art and architecture, where light and sky are focused by the architecture in concert with Turrell’s masterful installations. At Kayne Griffin Corcoran, the architecture provides prologue to the artistic experience. Through careful manipulations of proportion, light and material, the architecture shifts the context from everyday place to one in which the viewer is afforded the space and frame from which to be in direct relationship with the art and artist. Our intent was to create a space strong enough to stand on its own yet one that is stronger and more complete when in dialogue with the artistic vision and voices of others.
©2013 standard® | competition entry for entrance pavilion at site santa fe 2014 biennial exhibition | santa fe, nm design team: jeffrey allsbrook | silvia kuhle | erin cuevas | greg corso