California’s “elaborately designed” concrete skateparks captured by Amir Zaki

Jagged tunnels edged with red trim, scooped walls and wave-like canopies are among the defining features of these vacant concrete skateparks in California, photographed by artist Amir Zaki. The images feature in the California Concrete, a Landscape of Skateparks publication, and document 12 unusual and elaborate skateparks in city’s across the state. Zaki, who grew […]

LOHA tops MLK1101 housing for Los Angeles’ homeless with sloped green roof

Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects has built social housing in Los Angeles featuring a green roof, herb garden, a community centre and retail spaces to foster wellness and community for those in need. Called MLK1101, the project accommodates affordable housing and a community centre in South Los Angeles, California. It comprises a four-storey building and a smaller […]

Morphosis unveils Korean American National Museum for Los Angeles

Architecture firm Morphosis has unveiled its design for a sculptural, plant-covered museum in Los Angeles dedicated to the cultural heritage of Koreans living in America. The Korean American National Museum will be built on the corner of 6th Street and Vermont Avenue in the city’s Koreatown, and focus on preserving, studying and presenting Korean-American culture. […]

Studio O+A designs Slack Headquarters in San Francisco to allude to hiking along the Pacific Coast

Deserts, forests and mountain peaks inspired the design of tech company Slack‘s 10-storey office in San Francisco, which is meant to embody “the similarities between hiking a wilderness trail and working”. The Slack Headquarters is located within a 16-year-old building in the downtown district, near gleaming new skyscrapers such as the Salesforce Tower by Pelli […]

Mork-Ulnes uses Corten steel to protect Triple Barn residence in California from wildfires

Weathering steel, concrete and glass were used to form this asymmetrical dwelling by Mork-Ulnes Architects that is nudged into a hillside overlooking a verdant, rolling valley in northern California’s Sonoma County Mork-Ulnes Architects – which has offices in San Francisco and Oslo – was charged with creating a home that not only met the clients’ […]

Los Angeles firehouse becomes boutique hotel fronted by red garage doors

A new boutique accommodation, envisioned as a “dreamy mix of the elegant and bizarre”, has opened up inside a 1970s firehouse in Los Angeles. The property marks the first boutique hotel in the city’s up-and-coming Arts District, and is aptly named the Arts District Firehouse Hotel. The property is housed in an old firehouse, which […]

Clayton & Little builds weathering steel barn at California winery

Texas architecture studio Clayton & Little has built a barn from reclaimed oil field pipes and weathering steel panels, topped with solar panels to provide power to a vineyard in Calfornia. The Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn is on the James Berry Vineyard – part of the Saxum Vineyard group – in Paso Robles, a town in central California known for […]

Jennifer Robin balances elegance and exuberance in San Francisco apartment

Californian studio Jennifer Robin Interiors has used colour, texture and custom pieces to create a comfy urban apartment for clients who formerly lived in Napa Valley. The San Francisco dwelling was designed for a retired couple who were transitioning to city life after residing in a single-family home in California‘s wine country. The lifestyle change […]

Louis Vuitton X celebrates 160 years of artistic collaboration at the fashion house

Louis Vuitton has created an exhibition in Los Angeles that showcases its collaborations with leading artists over the past 160 years, complete with custom bags and a tropical pop-up shop. The Louis Vuitton X exhibition at the 468 North Rodeo Drive building in Beverly Hills, contains 180 items from the French fashion house’s archive. The items […]

AutoCamp Yosemite is a glamping site in the California wilderness

Anacapa Architecture and Geremia have created a luxury campsite near Yosemite with Airstream trailers, tents and cabins filled with upscale decor, alongside a spacious clubhouse where guests can enjoy craft beer and kombucha. The glamping site is located near the town of Mariposa, just outside of Yosemite National Park in northern California. Encompassing 35 acres (14 […]

Geometric lights, tropical wood and greenery accent Elda bar in San Francisco

Caribbean funk and traditional Mexican architecture provided Californian studio ROY with the design cues for this cocktail lounge and eatery in San Francisco. Sisters Emily and Hannah Collins of ROY completed Elda in San Francisco’s Mission Dolores neighbourhood. It serves Latin American and Caribbean fare, which the duo sought to fuse with designs evocative of […]

SPF Architects designed The Line Lofts in Hollywood to enhance apartment living

This urban residential building by Californian firm SPF Architects features design strategies to eliminate a sense of repetition or homogeneity – qualities that can make apartment living “relatively unpleasant”. The Line Lofts are situated along Las Palmas Avenue, just one block from the famed Hollywood Boulevard. Encompassing 68,000 square feet (6,317 square metres), the six-storey […]

Ryan Leidner adds minimal extension to San Francisco saloon building

Californian architect Ryan Leidner has renovated and extended a residence in San Francisco‘s Mission district, updating the existing 19-century structure and building a minimal home at the back. The Harrison Street House was originally built in 1888, and served as a saloon and residence for the owner upstairs. The property saw several uses in the […]

SelgasCano’s Serpentine Pavilion opens in Los Angeles

The plastic-wrapped Serpentine Pavilion designed by Spanish firm SelgasCano has been rebuilt in Los Angeles as an events space for British co-working company Second Home. Second Home, which provides studio and office space for creatives and entrepreneur, collaborated with the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) to move the colourful structure to city’s […]

Foster + Partners unveils Uber Air Skyport for Santa Clara

British architecture firm Foster + Partners has revealed plans to build an Uber Air Skyport in a new neighbourhood in Santa Clara. Foster + Partners‘ skyport would part of a new housing and commercial development that the firm is designing for developer Related Companies in Santa Clara – a city in California’s technology hub Silicon […]

OMA completes stepped glass tower The Avery in San Francisco

Architecture firm OMA has completed its first project on America’s West Coast: a glass condo tower in San Francisco with stepped corners. The Avery is a 56-storey condominium tower located four blocks from San Francisco Bay. OMA partners Shohei Shigematsu and Jason Long designed the 600-foot-high (183-metre-high) building for developer Related, with the aim to […]

Harmon Guest House by David Baker offers contemporary lodging in California wine country

American firm David Baker Architects has completed an eco-hotel in Sonoma County that features board-marked concrete walls, a garden courtyard and a brise-soleil made of redwood slats. Harmon Guest House is part of a trio of “boutique eco-hotels” in the town of Healdsburg that were designed by David Baker Architects, a studio based in San […]

SOM completes Tenaya Towers in massive student housing project at California university

Board-marked concrete, cement plaster and glass form the facades of two student dormitories that Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has created for an expansive housing development at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The Tenaya Towers are part of a larger development at the central Californian university that was masterplanned by SOM, a multidisciplinary firm with […]

Enclosure Architects revives Rudolph Schindler’s Manola Court apartments in Los Angeles

A Los Angeles apartment building designed by modernist architect Rudolph Schindler has been updated by local firm Enclosure Architects to provide accommodation for its owners as well as short-term stays. Tash Rahbar and Scott Strumwasser of the firm were enlisted to restore the sixteen-unit complex Manola Court, which Austrian-born American architect Schindler completed in Los […]

Salk Institute develops a plant that offers a solution to climate change

California’s Salk Institute for Biological Studies is developing a plant that can store excess carbon dioxide in its roots, in a bid to curb the effects of climate change. The Harnessing Plants Initiative aims to create plants with the ability to retain an increased amount of carbon in the soil once they decompose rather than […]

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