KTGY + Architecture + Planning

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    360 5th Street in San Francisco’s SoMa District Gets Green Light see more

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    360 5th Street in San Francisco’s SoMa District Gets Green Light 

    IRVINE, Calif. – International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning announced today that the new mixed-use residential community at 360 5th Street in San Francisco, developed by Trammell Crow Residential (TCR) and designed by KTGY, was recently approved by the planning commission. The new $95 million development located in San Francisco’s SoMa (South of Market Street) district includes 127 apartment homes and over 9,300 square feet of retail and creative workspace on .53 acres.

    TCR and KTGY worked diligently with the surrounding community to respect the area’s considerable history while providing modern new residences to the area. Connecting the new building with its neighborhood and with the city of San Francisco was a major focus of the design. 

     

    “The building faces 5th Street, a major arterial, and is bound by Clara Street and Shipley Street,” said Jessica Musick, Associate Principal in KTGY’s Oakland office. “The side streets are narrower ‘living streets’ where the intention of the city is to create residential enclaves. The architecture facing the living streets is designed at a smaller scale, with street-level front doors and stoops. We have also included references to the San Francisco tradition of bay windows. The bays provide both character and texture to the building façade at the same time, filling the residences with light and directed views to the outside.”


    To put a modern spin on the traditional bay window design, there is a colorful “belt” around the building that shifts the view focus within the units from downtown to the bay. A generous roof deck overlooking the living street as well as 5th Street both activate the street edges and ensure usable open space is exclusive to the residents.


    While the ground-level units enjoy the connection to the street, upper units are elevated flats and select units have private decks. Shadow analysis along the top of the building led KTGY to incorporate step-backs in the building design, optimizing the light to the building and the neighbors. According to Musick, the design makes maximum use of the building envelope, under the current zoning, with five levels of Type III construction over three levels of Type I.

    The SoMa area is currently home to artisan and craftsman businesses and the local community prides itself on the “makers” arts community and expressed this as an important value. “TCR’s plans for the new development include creative workspace and some retail spaces at the ground floor level, further preserving the sense of community for SoMa,” Musick noted.  

    According to Bruce Dorfman, Senior Managing Director of TCR’s Northern California division, “TCR is pleased to receive approvals for this highly visible and walkable site in Central SOMA. Adding 127 new residential units to this neighborhood as well as creating 8,011 square feet of space for production, distribution and repair and arts activities uses and 1,300 square feet of retail will enhance this area. The development also includes streetscape improvements along Shipley, 5th and Clara streets to greatly improve the pedestrian experience.”  

    The location’s proximity to public transportation and high walkability score resulted in a minimal number of parking spaces being incorporated in the development. 360 5th Street’s accessibility to transportation is excellent and will be augmented by San Francisco’s Central Subway, one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the city. The new line will serve popular destinations along the 1.7 miles from SoMa to Chinatown including Moscone Center and Union Square. Located just blocks from one another, 360 5th Street and the Central Subway are both planned to open in 2019.

    KTGY and TCR are also working together on several other projects in the Bay Area including the Alexan Webster, located in Oakland’s Lake Merritt neighborhood, which involves redeveloping a public surface parking lot in a public/private venture with the City of Oakland. The $135 million project, which is currently under construction, includes the development of a replacement parking structure owned by the City and a luxury apartment community with retail space and a dramatic public art installation.  Additionally, KTGY has designed portions of Alameda Point Town Center master plan for TCR, which is the first phase of the redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station in Alameda, and Napa Creek condominium development project in the city of Napa. The Oakland office of KTGY has a 20-plus-year history working with many of the top residential developers designing both market rate and affordable residential communities for residents living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Trammell Crow Residential
    Trammell Crow Residential (TCR) is the premier multi-family real estate company – the only national group with nearly 40 years of experience in residential development and asset management. Since 1977, Dallas-based TCR has developed more than 250,000 units in major markets. With deep knowledge of local trends and a contemporary vision, TCR is proud to develop and construct market-leading rental communities that offer residents a comfortable and convenient lifestyle. For more information, please visit TCR.com.

    About KTGY Architecture + Planning
    KTGY Architecture + Planning is an international award-winning full-service architecture and planning firm delivering innovation, artistry and attention to detail across multiple offices and studios, ensuring that clients and communities get the best the firm has to offer no matter the building type or location. KTGY’s architects and planners combine big picture opportunities, leading-edge sustainable practices and impeccable design standards to help create developments of enduring value. KTGY serves clients worldwide from offices located in Chicago, Denver, Irvine, Los Angeles, Oakland, Pune and Tysons. Visit www.ktgy.com

     


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    Opening of First Two Affordable Family Apartment Communities in Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine see more

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    Contact:
    Anne Monaghan                            David Obitz
    Monaghan Communications       KTGY Architecture + Planning
    830.997.0963                                 949.797.8321

     

    Grand Opening of First Two Affordable Family Apartment Communities in Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine

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    KTGY Architecture + Planning Continues a California Legacy of Clean Lines, Elegant Proportions

     

    IRVINE, Calif. - International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is proud to announce its participation in the first affordable housing communities for low-income families in Irvine’s master planned community of Great Park Neighborhoods, which celebrated its grand opening on October 27, 2017. Luminaira was developed by FivePoint Holdings, LLC, Related California and RCC Charitable (Riverside Charitable Corporation).  Espaira was developed by FivePoint, Related, and ETHIC Housing Trust (El Toro Housing Initiative Collaboration). FivePoint’s partnership (Heritage Fields, LLC) is the master developer of Great Park Neighborhoods.

     

    Designed by KTGY, Luminaira and Espaira communities offer a total of 166 affordable apartment homes for low-income families along with a 4,000-square-foot leasing and social services center, complete with kitchen, media lounge, computer center, mailroom and play area. Other amenities include pool, barbeque and picnic pavilion, and dog run. On-site services include after-school programs and educational classes.

     

    Award-winning Solaira at Pavilion Park, which celebrated its grand opening in November 2015, was the first affordable-housing community for seniors in the Great Park Neighborhoods – and the first to open in Irvine in 20 years. Solaira, a 221-unit senior apartment community, is LEED Gold certified and was a collaboration between FivePoint, Related and RCC Charitable. KTGY was the design architect for all three communities -- Solaira, Luminaira and Espaira.

    According to KTGY Principal David Obitz, the design of Luminaira at Parasol Park and Espaira at Parasol Park was inspired by the architecture of Irving Gill and boasts clean lines and a neutral color palette, welcoming residents and guests with arched entries that establish a sense of arrival. The stacked-flats feature tuck-under garages to maximize outdoor space and community areas as well as provide additional parking for guests. There is also electrical vehicle parking.

    “The primary goal of the architecture was to create a sustainable neighborhood that is indistinguishable from market-rate housing and seamlessly integrated into the master plan community,” said Obitz. “The design is modern and continues a California legacy of simple, clean lines and an efficient structure with elegant proportions. The well-appointed apartment homes have nine-foot ceilings, which is similar to market-rate homes but not typically found in affordable apartments.”

    According to Obitz, these communities will provide exceptional sustainable living at below-market rental rates and offer families access to schools in the award-winning Irvine Unified School District, community services, shopping and entertainment. Luminaira and Espaira are conveniently located to the 133, 241, 5 and 405 freeways, transportation and employers.

    Both communities offer spacious two- and three-bedroom floor plans ranging in size from approximately 809 – 1,129 square feet. Each apartment home features a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with Energy Star refrigerator and dishwasher, solid-surface countertops, hardwood plank-style flooring, ceiling fans, large closets, some paid utilities, and outdoor private space. The apartments also come with a one-car garage.


    Obitz reports that both apartment communities have been designed to achieve a Gold certification level in the GreenPoint Rated system administered by Build It Green, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote healthy, energy and resource efficient buildings in California.
     

    “FivePoint and Related are known for their high-quality living environments and Luminaira at Parasol Park and Espaira at Parasol Park will be a tremendous asset to the City of Irvine and the families that live here,” said Obitz. “Luminaira and Espaira will offer families a beautifully-designed, environmentally-friendly residence with great amenities and a variety of available social services to enhance their daily lives.”
     

    About FivePoint
    FivePoint, headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, designs and develops mixed-use, master-planned communities in coastal California.  FivePoint is developing vibrant and sustainable communities in Orange County, Los Angeles County, and San Francisco County that will offer homes, commercial, retail, educational, and recreational elements as well as civic areas, parks, and open spaces. FivePoint’s three communities are: Great Park Neighborhoods® in Irvine, Newhall Ranch® near Valencia, and The San Francisco Shipyard/Candlestick Point in the City of San Francisco. The communities are planned to include approximately 40,000 residential homes and approximately 21 million square feet of commercial space. For additional information, visit www.fivepoint.com.

    About Related California

    Related California, the West Coast affiliate of Related Companies, is a fully integrated real estate firm that develops multifamily residential and mixed-use properties in California.

     

    Since 1989, Related California has undertaken a range of transformational developments from best in class luxury high rise residential properties to the redevelopment of obsolete public housing, spanning a broad spectrum of urban infill, affordable, mixed-income and market rate multi-family developments. The company has a development portfolio of over 14,000 residential units completed or under construction, and more than 2,500 affordable and 4,500 market rate units in pre-development.

     

    Related California has a long history of community partnership, having collaborated with more than 35 municipalities and over 25 non-profit organizations throughout California, and has successfully developed and managed a broad range of property types throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties. Related California has developed more than $5 billion in assets and has a track record of consistently developing communities that exceed industry benchmarks in design, construction, sustainability and property management.  For more information about Related California, visitwww.relatedcalifornia.com.

    About Riverside Charitable Corporation
    For 25 years, Riverside Charitable Corporation (RCC) has been a provider of affordable housing and charitable services that includes professional social and educational programs for families and the elderly. To date, RCC has helped 123 affordable communities throughout California. Their homes are created using combinations of bond financing, low-income housing tax credits and a variety of government resources. www.riversidecharitable.org

    About ETHIC Housing
    ETHIC (El Toro Housing Initiative Collaboration) was established by a coalition of social service agencies to help provide affordable housing on the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro land for extremely low-income families. It includes Orange County Community Housing Corporation, American Riding Club for the Handicapped, SBC Community Homeless Coalition.

    About Great Park Neighborhoods
    Great Park Neighborhoods is a master-planned community located adjacent to the Orange County Great Park in the heart of Orange County, California, in the City of Irvine. The multi-generation neighborhoods include a variety of residential choices with features that encourage neighborhoods to connect with each other and with nature. Great Park Neighborhoods is ultimately envisioned to include an innovative blend of “main street” retail, office, commercial and educational uses. Walking and biking trails are incorporated into the neighborhoods and will connect to open space, future neighborhoods, the Orange County Great Park and to the larger Irvine and Orange County Bikeway systems. www.greatparkneighborhoods.com

    About KTGY Architecture + Planning
    Established in 1991, KTGY Architecture + Planning is an international award-winning full-service architecture and planning firm delivering innovation, artistry and attention to detail across multiple offices and studios, ensuring that clients and communities get the best the firm has to offer no matter the building type or location. KTGY’s architects and planners combine big picture opportunities, leading-edge sustainable practices and impeccable design standards to help create developments of enduring value. KTGY serves clients worldwide from offices located in Chicago, Denver, Irvine, Los Angeles, Oakland, Pune and Tysons. Visit www.ktgy.com

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    KTGY Receives SoCal Award and Honors for Best Architectural Designs see more

    IRVINE, CALIF. - International award-winning KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that KTGY’s excellence in residential design and planning have been recognized by the Building Industry Association’s (BIA) Greater Sales and Marketing Council’s 2017 SoCal Awards program. Three KTGY-designed communities received honors for the architectural design of single-family detached and multifamily rental residential communities and home plans at the SoCal Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 30th, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. Oakwood Olympic & Olive in Los Angeles won the top award for Best Architectural Design of a Multi-Family Community. The SoCal Awards program honors the best in professional achievement, sales, marketing and design throughout the Southern California home building industry.

    KTGY’s award-winning designs are: 


    Oakwood Olympic & Olive in Los Angeles by Lennar Multifamily Communities

    AWARD: Best Architectural Design of a Multi-Family Community


    Oakwood Olympic & Olive in Los Angeles engages its context with its form, program and materiality. The project massing opens to the urban fabric, sharing the main outdoor courtyard experience with the city. Seventh-level massing peels away at the corner providing a rooftop terrace with kitchen and lounge seating. Feature sign, reminiscent of the landmark roof-top signs like those at the Rosslyn Hotel, announces the project’s location. Retail lines Olympic Blvd., enhancing the pedestrian experience. Leasing office, and townhome units line Olive Street, bringing residential to the street and concealing two levels of parking. With a Walk Score 95, Transit Score 100 and Bike Score 82, Oakwood Olympic & Olive embraces its neighborhood with bold gestures and is an example of how architectural design contributes to modern living.

     

    Towns at Bristol in Chino Hills by Trumark Homes

    FINALIST HONORS: Best Architectural Design – Attached Home Plan for Plan 1

    FINALIST HONORS: Best Architectural Design – Attached Home Plan for Plan 2


    Spanish and Mediterranean style architecture, pitched tile roofs, earth tone and white-washed stucco, and welcoming porches set the tone for these three-story townhomes located in Chino Hills. Guests step into the entry of plan one from the front porch, and are welcomed upstairs into the sweeping great room. Site lines from the kitchen carry through the great room to the deck, opening the space and extending the living outdoors. The pitched roof allows for additional height ceilings at the third level, creating airy and expansive bedroom spaces. Laundry placed on the third level, along with one or two additional bedrooms with the expansive master suite, adds convenience. A private ground-floor bedroom and shared full bath establish a guest retreat separate from the living spaces above. With an option for a den, owners can create a space that fits their lifestyle.

    The Trails at Baker Ranch in Lake Forest by Toll Brothers, Inc.
    FINALIST HONORS: Best Architectural Design of a Detached Home 2,000 to 3,000 sq. ft. for Point Reyes Plan

    Nestled into a hillside location in Lake Forest, The Trails at Baker Ranch is a luxurious private enclave with a connection to the natural environment. Pulling influences from Tuscan, Italianate and Spanish Colonial architecture, the design mixes simple gable and hipped roof lines with stone, stucco and brick to create rustic yet refined homes. The color palette leans heavily on earthy, modest hues tying the homes to the adjacent open space. Relating to the location, these two-story homes emphasize the indoor-outdoor relationship providing covered rear loggias, private outdoor decks off the master suite and covered interior courtyards. The open and airy interiors feel modern; rich and authentic materials bring the warmth of the old-world exteriors in. Located in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, these homes are tailored for established and growing families.

     

    This year, the Greater Sales and Marketing Council received over 400 entries for the SoCal Awards. Six industry professionals served as judges and reviewed digital materials, interviewed over 30 sales professionals and visited 14 communities traveling more than 650 miles throughout Southern California before deciding on the award winners. For more information about the SoCal Awards, visit thesocalawards.com

    Building Industry Association’s Greater Sales and Marketing Council
    The Greater Sales and Marketing Council (SMC) is comprised of sales and marketing professionals in the homebuilding industry. The SMC is currently the largest and most viable council in the BIA. The council was established in the late ‘60s to enhance the sales and marketing capabilities and reputation of those who represent the BIA. The SMC is dedicated to developing a higher level of professionalism in the general membership through education and the interchange of ideas. The SMC’s governing body consists of a board of directors comprised builders, associates and suppliers. The SMC is committed to education, programs, membership, awards and community service. See greatersmc.com

    About KTGY Architecture + Planning
    Celebrating 25 years, KTGY Architecture + Planning is an international award-winning full-service architecture and planning firm delivering innovation, artistry and attention to detail across multiple offices and studios, ensuring that clients and communities get the best the firm has to offer no matter the building type or location. KTGY’s architects and planners combine big picture opportunities, leading-edge sustainable practices and impeccable design standards to help create developments of enduring value. KTGY serves clients worldwide from offices located in Chicago, Denver, Irvine, Los Angeles, Oakland, Pune and Tysons. Call 888.456.KTGY or visit www.ktgy.com

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    The Theo, Mid-Century-Style Apartments Underway in Pasadena see more

    LOS ANGELES - KTGY Architecture + Planning has designed The Theo, a new 105-unit multifamily building rising at 289 N. El Molino Avenue in Pasadena, California. KTGY is working with developer Summerhill Apartment Communities, as well as Pasadena Heritage and City of Pasadena Design Commission, on a structure that addresses its historic surroundings.

    Walkable to Old Pasadena, the building is adjacent to the Theodore Parker Lukens House. Built in 1886-87, the Victorian home is among the oldest in Pasadena. The Theo apartment building is named after this home’s first owner, who was a prominent conservationist and real estate investor. Also adjacent to the project is a small park and 120-year-old cedar tree.

    These natural and historic components figure into KTGY’s design. The six stories of apartments are set amongst courtyards and terraces with views of the San Gabriel Mountains and the Lukens House.

    “Rather than compete with the ornate features of this classic residence, The Theo offers a clean, simple, Modernist counterpart with outdoor spaces that overlook and embrace the Lukens House,” says KTGY Executive Director, Design, Keith McCloskey, LEED AP.  

    These spaces include an observation room on the southeast corner, directly facing the Lukens House. This covered, naturally-ventilated seating area also features historical information about the house.

    The Theo offers additional varieties of outdoor spaces: rooftop amenity space, pool and spa area, cabana terrace, lobby courtyard, outdoor kitchen and dining, dog-wash area, and private terraces. The building steps down in a series of terraces, from six to two levels, to accommodate these different programmed areas.

    “Pasadena requires 30 percent of total gross square footage to be outdoor usable open spaces,” says McCloskey. “We configured these in combinations of active and passive courtyards – each curated to create a unique experience and many to maximize different views.”

    The Theo is slated to open in August 2019.

    About KTGY Architecture + Planning
    Celebrating 25 years, KTGY Architecture + Planning is an international award-winning full-service architecture and planning firm delivering innovation, artistry and attention to detail across multiple offices and studios, ensuring that clients and communities get the best the firm has to offer no matter the building type or location. KTGY’s architects and planners combine big picture opportunities, leading-edge sustainable practices and impeccable design standards to help create developments of enduring value. KTGY serves clients worldwide from offices located in Chicago, Denver, Irvine, Los Angeles, Oakland, Pune and Tysons. Visit www.ktgy.com

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    KTGY Design Model Used for L.A.’s First Series of Homeless Developments Using Shipping Containers see more

    Design by KTGY Architecture + Planning Combines Architectural Character with Speed-to-Market for L.A.’s First Series of Homeless Developments to Use Shipping Containers

     

    LOS ANGELES - - KTGY Architecture + Planning has unveiled designs for Hope on Alvarado, a new building that will be the first of a series of housing developments in highly walkable communities, providing support services for individuals transitioning from homelessness. The building, west of downtown in the Westlake District of Los Angeles (166 S. Alvarado Street), is moving quickly through the development process and is slated to begin a six-month construction period in the first part of 2018. The accelerated construction is due to a unique design incorporating shipping containers as a primary building material. 

     

    Aedis Real Estate Group is the developer of the building. It is the first of a series of Hope developments in Los Angeles to be built within the next year using the shipping-container design. The plan is to continue this forward-thinking, cost-effective model for affordable housing in dense, urban areas from San Diego to Seattle.

     

    “One major advantage of using shipping containers is the dramatic reduction in construction time. While sitework and foundations are being constructed on site, the containers are being manufactured off site, including most interior finishes and fittings,” said Mark Oberholzer AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal with KTGY Architecture + Planning.

     

    “We’re not trying to hide the fact that these are shipping containers,” added Keith Labus AIA, LEED AP, Principal of KTGY Architecture + Planning. “There would be great costs associated with creating the level of character they already have. Our approach is to work with what we have and develop something unique at each location.”

     

    KTGY’s design is centered on a central courtyard, providing privacy and encouraging safety and a sense of community. Floor-to-ceiling glazing distinguishes the support-services office space on the street-level. The development is designed to LEED standards but is not seeking certification. The speed of construction and efficient use of building materials is among the project’s sustainable attributes.

     

    The four-story Hope on Alvarado will offer 84 units of studios and one-bedroom apartments on a .44-acre site at 166 Alvarado Street. Unit plan sizes are 400-480 square feet. Located within the building, parking spaces will be provided for social services staff and each resident will have a bike-storage space.

     

    The Hope Homeless Housing developments are financed by LSA Capital in partnership with Project Sponsor Jerry Jacobs with Scott Baldridge and Leslie Weiss, working with the Foundation for Affordable Housing. The shipping containers converted into prefabricated dwelling units are sourced locally in Los Angeles.

     

    Each of the residential apartments is created using several containers, which are modified by removing the doors and portions of the exterior metal skin and adding floor-to-ceiling windows and interior fixtures and finishes. The containers are transported by truck to the site and a crane is used to fit and stack them together into a single building. Appliances are furnished on site.

     

    About KTGY Architecture + Planning
    Celebrating 25 years, KTGY Architecture + Planning is an international award-winning full-service architecture and planning firm delivering innovation, artistry and attention to detail across multiple offices and studios, ensuring that clients and communities get the best the firm has to offer no matter the building type or location. KTGY’s architects and planners combine big picture opportunities, leading-edge sustainable practices and impeccable design standards to help create developments of enduring value. KTGY serves clients worldwide from offices located in Chicago, Denver, Irvine, Los Angeles, Oakland, Pune and Tysons. Visit www.ktgy.com

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    KTGY’s design and planning honored at the American Institute of Architects OC Chapter. see more

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    Contact:

    Anne Monaghan       
    Monaghan Communications
    830.997.0963

     

    IRVINE, Calif. – International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that KTGY’s design and planning were honored at the American Institute of Architects Orange County Chapter (AIAOC) 2017 Design Awards last night. The AIAOC Design Awards program recognizes innovative solutions to the complex problems of today’s architectural environment in Orange County or by Orange County architects. KTGY’s Park House received AIAOC Design Awards program’s INSPIRE award and Oakwood Olympic & Olive in Downtown Los Angeles received the highest award in the Residential Planned Development category, the Honor Award.

    “It is exciting, and a great honor, to be recognized for excellence in innovation, design and planning by our peers in the AIA,” said KTGY Principal David Senden. “Park House, which was designed by our R+D Studio, is a viable housing solution that not only repurposes under-utilized parking garages for much-needed housing, but does so by using repurposed shipping containers that can simply be ‘plugged in’ to maximize efficiency and minimize the disruption to the existing context.”


    The Park House design has two unit types, a one-bedroom unit comprised of three shipping containers, and a two-bedroom unit comprised of three containers with a prefabricated extension. For example, using a parking structure that once provided 1,091 parking stalls, Park House now proposes a 119-unit residential building with a density of 79.87 dwelling units per acre. “With some modifications to the existing structure, the original utilitarian structure transforms into a building that’s hardly recognizable as its past function,” noted Senden.

    “KTGY’s R+D Studio will continue to develop new housing solutions for the future,” said Senden. “Park House is one possible solution for what will certainly be a paradigm shift in car culture in the United States.”
     
    The other award winner, Oakwood Olympic & Olive, was designed for easy accessibility to the surrounding downtown Los Angeles, and to attract short- and long-term tech, media and entertainment business travelers in Los Angeles, among others, Senden noted. “We wanted to make the most of this compact urban infill site in Downtown Los Angeles’ South Park neighborhood and bring together the latest amenities, hotel-like services and design benefitting its location in Downtown LA’s desirable South Park neighborhood.” KTGY’s Irvine office designed Oakwood Olympic & Olive for Lennar Multifamily Communities.

     

    Named for its location at the southwest corner of Olympic Boulevard and Olive Street, Oakwood Oakwood Olympic & Olive stands out for its modern design, bold color scheme and artfully placed decks that maximize views. The building’s iconic Olympic & Olive sign on the seventh-floor roof deck is reminiscent of the landmark roof-top signs like those at the Rosslyn Hotel. Before it opened as for-rent residential, Oakwood Olympic & Olive caught the eye of Oakwood Worldwide. The global leader in corporate housing was looking for a flagship location to launch an upscale extended-stay destination appealing to a new class of executives who demand an extremely high-quality environment for project work in Los Angeles. Oakwood Worldwide, under the parent company, Singapore-based Mapletree Investments, acquired the development earlier this year.


    The AIAOC Design Awards were presented at the chapter’s signature event on the evening of September 14, 2017, at the Cultural Center of the Christ Cathedral Parish in Garden Grove, Calif., designed by world-renowned architect Richard Meier. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is an international organization with chapters worldwide. The AIAOC is the 3rd largest chapter of the AIA in California.

    About the American Institute of Architects 
    Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well being. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and the world. For more information visit http://aiaorangecounty.org.

    About KTGY Architecture + Planning
    Celebrating 25 years, KTGY Architecture + Planning is an international award-winning full-service architecture and planning firm delivering innovation, artistry and attention to detail across multiple offices and studios, ensuring that clients and communities get the best the firm has to offer no matter the building type or location. KTGY’s architects and planners combine big picture opportunities, leading-edge sustainable practices and impeccable design standards to help create developments of enduring value. KTGY serves clients worldwide from offices located in Chicago, Denver, Irvine, Los Angeles, Oakland, Pune and Tysons. Call 888.456.KTGY or visit www.ktgy.com, Facebook, TwitterLinkedIn, InstagramVimeoYouTube


     

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    Solaira at Pavilion Park Honored with National Design Award see more

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    KTGY-Designed Solaira at Pavilion Park Wins Silver at Best In American Living Awards (BALA) for Best Senior Housing, Multifamily in National Award Competition

    IRVINE, Calif. – International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that Solaira at Pavilion Park in Irvine has won the Silver Award for the “Best Senior Housing, Multifamily” in the Best In American Living™ Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB).  In its 33rd year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential industry, including single-family production, custom, rental, affordable, interiors, remodeling, community and international. The awards were announced during the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando, Florida.

    Solaira at Pavilion Park, located in the master planned community of Great Park Neighborhoods (GPN), is Irvine's first new affordable senior housing community in nearly 20 years. A collaboration between Related California, Riverside Charitable Corporation and GPN developer FivePoint, this 221-unit LEED Gold apartment community is complete with a 2,100-square-foot leasing and social services center with on-site services reflecting the interests and needs of the senior residents. Recreational amenities include a 2,250-square-foot multi-purpose building with fitness center, piano lounge and movie theatre; pool, spa, barbeque, picnic pavilion, an all-weather putting green and bocce ball court. Solaira is close to the Orange County Great Park and connects to nearby neighborhoods through miles of trails. This park-like, serene setting with walkable and bikeable trails encourages and promotes an active lifestyle.

    “Solaira is an example of quality affordable housing designated for seniors and has more amenities than many market rate apartment communities,” said KTGY Principal David Obitz. “Furthermore, the design features of Solaira are indistinguishable from market rate housing.”

    Obitz added, “Unique to Solaira are amenities not usually found in affordable housing such as a putting green, an 80-inch screen theater with surround sound, a bocce ball court, BBQ pavilion and fire pit, piano lounges, bike sharing program, along with a state-of-the-art exercise room that overlooks a sparkling resort-style pool and spa.

    “While the architecture is award-winning and the amenities are abundant, this affordable senior community weaves itself into the broader master planned community ,” Obitz said. “It also provides grandparents the opportunity to live near their family and their grandchildren in a very desirable, multi-cultural, master-planned neighborhood.”

    KTGY is also the design architect for two residential rental communities currently under construction in Irvine, Luminaira at Beacon Park and Espaira at Beacon Park. Luminaira and Espaira will be the first two affordable family communities located in Irvine’s Great Park Neighborhoods. Luminaira and Espaira communities are a collaborative effort between FivePoint, Related California, Riverside Charitable Corporation and ETHIC Housing (El Toro Housing Initiative Collaboration).



    About FivePoint
    FivePoint owns and oversees some of the largest mixed-used projects in California, including Great Park Neighborhoods. The heart of the company’s philosophy is to build sustainable communities that encourage an active lifestyle. Headquartered in Orange County, FivePoint has been involved with the planning, design and development of communities for more than 10 years. www.fivepoint.com 

    About Related California
    Related California is a fully integrated real estate firm that develops affordable and market rate multifamily and mixed-use residential properties in California. Since opening the West Coast headquarters in 1989, the company has completed more than 10,000 residences and partnered with more than 20 municipalities throughout California. Related California has successfully developed and managed a broad range of property types throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties. The Related California portfolio includes a pipeline of more than $3 billion in developments. For more information about Related California, visit www.relatedcalifornia.com 

    About Riverside Charitable Corporation
    For 25 years, Riverside Charitable Corporation (RCC) has been a provider of affordable housing and charitable services that includes professional social and educational programs for families and the elderly. To date, RCC has helped 123 affordable communities throughout California. Their homes are created using combinations of bond financing, low-income housing tax credits and a variety of government resources. www.riversidecharitable.org

    About Great Park Neighborhoods
    Great Park Neighborhoods is a master planned community located adjacent to the Orange County Great Park in the heart of Orange County, California, in the City of Irvine. The multi-generation neighborhoods include a variety of residential choices with features that encourage neighborhoods to connect with each other and with nature. Great Park Neighborhoods is ultimately envisioned to include an innovative blend of “main street” retail, office, commercial and educational uses. Walking and biking trails are incorporated into the neighborhoods and will connect to open space, future neighborhoods, the Orange County Great Park and to the larger Irvine and Orange County Bikeway systems. www.greatparkneighborhoods.com

    About KTGY Architecture + Planning
    Celebrating 25 years, KTGY Architecture + Planning is an international award-winning full-service architecture and planning firm delivering innovation, artistry and attention to detail across multiple offices and studios, ensuring that clients and communities get the best the firm has to offer no matter the building type or location. KTGY’s architects and planners combine big picture opportunities, leading-edge sustainable practices and impeccable design standards to help create developments of enduring value. KTGY serves clients worldwide from offices located in Chicago, Denver, Irvine, Los Angeles, Oakland, Pune and Tysons. Call 888.456.KTGY or visit www.ktgy.com, Facebook, TwitterLinkedIn, InstagramVimeoYouTube