1738 BERKELEY STREETSanta Monica, CA
0.54 Acres – 23,500 sf
2009 PCBC Gold Nugget GRAND AWARD
Outstanding Adaptive Reuse Project
The innovative new design studio for VTBS Architects is the result of the adaptive re-use of this 2-story warehouse with rooftop parking. The design takes advantage of the existing 1960, brick-and-concrete warehouse characteristics by exposing the structure to reflect mid-century design elements. The results include a dramatic 32’-high atrium and multiple work areas that provide open ‘creative office’ space that is at heart practical, as well as warm and comfortable. The 17′ ceiling height on the ground floor allowed for the construction of a mezzanine level for an increase in usable area. Committed to sustainable design, VTBS has incorporated ‘green building principles’ into the renovated building.
This luminous new residence was designed as an homage to the traditional Spanish/Mediterranean hacienda-style home. The project entailed the demolition of the existing structure on the site and thoughtful consideration was exercised in positioning the house to take advantage of the site’s views while integrating the home harmoniously into the existing landscape. The result is an exquisite balance of California heritage blending with the most current and innovative living conditions available today. Particular attention was paid to designing the outdoor patios and spaces as a natural extension of the elegance of the interiors.
Sky LoftsLos Angeles, CA
CIM Group/Lee Homes
132 Luxury Condominiums
600 Office Stalls
264 Residential Stalls
2007 PCBC Gold Nugget Award of Merit
Best Adaptive Reuse Project
The first live-work condominium and commercial hybrid high-rise development in downtown Los Angeles, this renovation/adaptive reuse project converted the upper stories of a 22-story 1980s red granite and glass downtown office tower.
The upper eleven stories contain twelve live-work units per floor, to total 132 units. Unit sizes range from 1,000 to 1,900 square feet.
New operable windows mark the changed use on the upper stories, adding visual interest to the tower exterior.
A landscaped motor court, paved in colored concrete and sheltered with pyramid skylights, leads to an elegant interior lobby. A new entry sequence is created to serve the residential project. The rear west side of the ground floor is separated for the lobby/entrance of the new residential use. Other ground floor amenities include a health club, lounge and media center.
Elevator provision is modified to serve the office and residential floors separately.
Parking is provided in an attached structure as well as beneath the tower.
UCLA Medical OfficesLos Angeles, CA
UCLA Real Estate Asset Management
The assignment has included the tenant improvement and renovation of 20+ medical offices in buildings owned and operated by University of California Los Angeles Real Estate Asset Management. The offices are occupied by medical and administrative personnel chiefly related to UCLA and the neighboring Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, CA.
The Scope of Work has involved the expansion, reconfiguration and upgrades to existing office spaces with finishes, fixtures and amenities tailored to the needs of the individual tenants.
VTBS continues to enjoy an on-going professional relationship with UCLA Real Estate Asset Management in designing and developing improvements to their properties.
CASA CUSENZAPuerto Vallarta, Mexico
2.5 Acres Beachfront Property
“Nature was the catalyst for design, form and function. From the moment I set foot on the site, three monumental higuera trees, towering well over 50 ft above the jungle floor, became my focal point. Articulating design elements of glass, stone, and concrete beneath their protective canopy evolved into what is now Casa Cusenza.”
-Peter J. Petraglia
Project Architect, VTBS Architects
Latitude 33Marina Del Rey, CA
Lennar, Sunbrook Partners & Standard Pacific
45 Tower Condos
27 3-Story Lofts
2012 Gold Nugget GRAND AWARD
Best Multi-Family Housing Project
2012 Gold Nugget Award of Merit
Best Adaptive Re-Use Project
This adaptive re-use project includes 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 along 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 Sky Collection 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, and the spectacular views are fully delivered by a new curtain wall which provides floor-to ceiling windows, drawing in the coastal milieu and sea breezes. Unit plans emphasize large rooms, informal layouts with open kitchens and dens.
Johannes Van Tilburg Building225 Arizona Avenue
Santa Monica, CA
Johannes Van Tilburg
Restaurants & Retail:
The Johannes Van Tilburg Building is one of four buildings designed by VTBS Architects to contribute to the revitalization of the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA. Located on the prominent corner of Arizona Avenue and the Third Street Promenade, this structure houses ground-floor restaurants & retail with 3 floors, 2 mezzanines and a loft designated for commercial and/or office space. Structurally the building has a downtown warehouse ambiance with its large multi-paned windows, high ceilings and dome roof. Contemporary treatments, such as tiered terraces, colorful exterior and ground floor retail spaces complete the design.
Van Tilburg, a tenth generation builder/architect born and raised in Holland, believes the pedestrian quality of the District is the perfect setting for his urban renaissance design.
1207 4th StreetSanta Monica, CA
Johannes Van Tilburg, FAIA
1st Floor: Retail
2nd-4th Floors: Office
Penthouse: 3 Live/Work Suites
Winner of the 2000 Gold Nugget Award of Merit for Best Mixed-Use Project, the innovative design of this unique building is a true blend of 3 mediums; Commercial, Retail and Residential (Live/Work). Located in the heart of Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade District, the building led the way for high-density design in a tightly-woven neighborhood. Retail businesses occupy the 1st floor, while the 2nd, 3rd & 4th floors are comprised of offices with individual suites ranging from 2,500sf to 6,300sf. Topping off the the building are 3 penthouse suites offering 800-2,040 sf live/work residences with commanding Pacific Ocean views from large terraces.
SAN DIEGO DESIGN CENTER – QUALCOMM OFFICE BUILDINGSan Diego, CA
McKellar Development of La Jolla
This project originated as the San Diego Design Center. The building was later purchased by QualComm and renamed. Situated upon an 11-acre suburban site, the building encompasses 350,000 square feet of office space.
Extending some 800 feet in length, the interior systems of streets, walkways, plazas and atriums cleverly accommodate a complex circulation pattern. The central hall, with its tower, plaza and walkways, serves to solidly anchor the building and the visitor’s experience of the building.
TeramachiDowntown Los Angeles, CA
Teramachi Senior Housing LLC
127 Senior Apartments
Sited in an area of downtown Los Angeles abundant with shops, services and public transportation, Teramachi accommodates 127 condominiums for seniors drawn to their roots in an urban neighborhood rich in ethnic history.
The six-story contemporary project connects residents with a lively street scene via balconies and the floor-to-ceiling windows of units and community amenity spaces. The ground floor is activated by three retail spaces and a front yard garden. The street corner is marked by a drum form which expresses itself at the roof by a distinctive round parapet. A covered driveway provides off-the-street access to the building entry, and continues to ground level and underground parking. Common amenities are generous, with a stylish lobby, large two-story multi-purpose room and a gym. On each residential floor, a lounge with kitchen that residents can reserve is provided.
A break in the “street wall” at the south side of the courtyard opens the ‘zen’ garden to views and accommodates a partly-covered swimming pool, where careful screening provides tranquility enhanced by pools, fountains and lush landscaping.