Summit on SixthLos Angeles, CA
Apollo Real Estate
1.8 Acres – 78,000 sf
82 Luxury Condominiums
2010 PCBC Gold Nugget Award of Merit
Best Adaptive Reuse Project
The adaptive reuse of a vacant 1960s office tower provides ninety-six condominium flats, as well as ground floor retail, a block from a Metro subway station in a revitalizing neighborhood west of downtown Los Angeles.
The deep floor plate of the lower five levels accommodates one-bedroom units with high ceilings and generous dens near their entries. These levels are expressed with balconies and individual windows set deep into thick walls, relating to the predominantly lower-scale surrounding urban fabric, while a new curtain wall, relating to the sky, encloses the stepped-back, slender upper story tower. Here, wider two-bedroom units with bedrooms on both sides of living-rooms, and generous terraces, are accommodated in the shallower floor plate.
An existing garage under the building, extending to a partly-subterranean three-level structure north of the tower, accommodates resident and retail parking. Along a side street, planters screen the above-ground garage, whose low massing ensures preservation of spectacular Hollywood Hills views for north-facing units.
A gym and lounge for residents are tucked under first floor retail. The building was upgraded for accessibility, seismic, life safety and energy performance.
AUGUSTINE BOWERSSanta Clara, CA
Four, High-Rise Office & Retail Buildings
Total Building Area:
2, 004,600 sf
Sited in the heart of the Silicon Valley of Northern California, Augustine Bowers is designed as an office campus comprised of 4 high-rise office and retail buildings amidst a network of open park and public gathering areas. Designed as the Gateway to Santa Clara, Augustine Bowers includes 35,000 square feet of retail servicing the surrounding neighborhood as well as the commercial occupants.
630 “I” StreetSacramento, CA
Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency
Gross Commercial Area:
Gross Residential Area:
108 Affordable Units
Completed & Occupied 2012
Owned and operated by the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, 626/630 ‘I’ Street was an existing mixed-use building comprised of office and residential uses. The ‘Tenant Improvement’ of this structure updated the 12-story reinforced-concrete building constructed from 1972-1974 with deferred maintenance, repair and waterproofing of the overall existing building shell and roof, and the maintenance and repair of the building MEP systems, the replacement in kind of all exterior glazing and glazing systems and new exterior ‘skin’ cladding improvements for the existing building pursuant to an updated and freshened project identity. There was no change of use for the project and the ground level, designated ‘630 I Street,’ continues to be devoted to building entry, public and common uses with City Agency offices occupying a portion of the area, as well as the second and third stories.
Designated ‘626 I Street’, the HUD-funded residential living units on floors four through twelve required deferred maintenance (‘repair’), rehabilitation and interior decoration.
LATITUDE 33 – SKY TOWERMarina Del Rey, CA
Lennar & Sunbrook Partners
45 Tower Condos
1,278 to 3,140 sf
2012 Gold Nugget Award of Merit
Best Adaptive Re-Use Project
This adaptive re-use project included the demolition of all structures occupying the site, with the exception of the nine-story office tower located at the northeast corner of the site. Work included structural upgrades as well as replacement of the exterior curtain wall and window system.
The tower’s ground floor now accommodates a porte cochere entry and guest parking, lobby with concierge services, gym and luxury amenities, as well as retail space lining Washington Boulevard, one block from Venice Beach. Parking capacity was increased with a new adjacent structure whose roof became the podium for a stacked townhouse project.
Forty-five flats occupy levels 2 through 9 of the tower: four penthouses at each of the top levels, six units per floor in the middle stories, and nine including designated affordable units on the second floor. Over 70% are corner units with spectacular ocean and city views.
Grand TowersLos Angeles, CA
Alameda Group and Meruelo/Maddux Development
Centered in Downtown Los Angeles, these towers proudly join the dramatic and world-renowned Los Angeles skyline. The towers stand on-grade with an abutting parking structure which serves several residential towers.
VTBS collaborated with Richard Keating, FAIA on the project.
Gemini I & IIRotterdam, The Netherlands
Van Vlymen Vastgoed B.V.
12,000 M2 – (130,000 sf)
12,000 M2 – (130,000 sf)
This 20-story tower, Gemini II, was designed by VTBS Architects to complement the existing Gemini I Tower designed by Van Tilburg en Partners in Rotterdam. Twin brothers Arie Van Tilburg and Johannes Van Tilburg, FAIA each own architectural firms respectively in The Netherlands and the United States.
The building is constructed with pre-fabricated concrete panels and installed with electrical and air conditioning systems in place. Exterior granite and window frames are an integral part of these pre-fabricated panels. After installation, the panels are connected with post-tension cables. Parking is housed in a 2-level pre-cast concrete parking structure at 2.5 stalls per 1,000 sf.
“It was great pleasure to invite my brother Johannes to design the second Gemini tower next to mine in Rotterdam. It had been thitty years since we last work together. The client, Van Vlymen Vastgoed B.V., was excited about our combined effort on their behalf.”
– Arie Van Tilburg, Architect, BNA
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Sky Lofts – 801 GrandLos Angeles, CA
CIM Group/Lee Homes
2007 PCBC Gold Nugget Award of Merit
Best Adaptive Reuse Project
The Sky Lofts Condominiums exemplify the adaptive re-use of a commercial office building into the mixed-use of residential condominiums and commercial space. The top eleven floors of the existing building have been redesigned for residential high-rise condominium-style living with expansive views of Downtown Los Angeles. New amenities include a motorcourt porte-cochere, common area, media room and health-club. New open-access windows were installed for residents comfort and elevator provision was modified to give residents a private and secure entrance. Construction took place while the lower floors were occupied.
550QWest Palm Beach, FL
Wasserman Real Estate Capital, LLC
335 Luxury Condominiums
1,152 sf to 3,860 sf
92 du/ac – 5.1 FAR
The design for a vibrant, mixed-use project located in the heart of Palm Beach County. The ten-story structure offers loft style and conventional residential designs, along with top-floor penthouses having eleven-foot high ceilings and wrap-around terraces. Ground floor spaces provide 30,000 sf of retail use, along with significant entrance lobbies for the housing above. 550Q has been designed to appeal to those who want an urban lifestyle combined with the activities and relaxation of a resort. Two rooftop pools and large sundecks provide spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Palm Beach Island, and the Atlantic Ocean.
”We reached out to VTBS Architecture so they could bring Santa Monica style, a modernist sensibility, and mixed-use experience to an exciting collaboration of Architects and Artists. They were critical to the mix and the project.”
~ David Wasserman, Principal Wasserman Real Estate Capital
655 HOPEDowntown Los Angeles, CA
Seck Group, LLC
80 Live/Work Condominiums
A 17-story office building in downtown Los Angeles has been renewed as a Live/Work environment providing 80 condominiums within the top 11 floors, ground-floor retail and indoor parking. Rehabilitation work includes the replacement of exterior walls, complete reconfiguration of all floors and interior upgrades including floor-to-ceiling windows and 9-11 foot ceilings in each unit. The roof-top star-gazer entertainment deck and helipad overlooks the panorama of Downtown Los Angeles.