How have these unprecedented times changed your daily routine? If you had the opportunity to rethink how you live, what impact would that have on the spaces you currently inhabit?
These were the central questions asked by Abramson Architects’ Residential Studio in response to “stay-at-home” mandates aimed at flattening the curve of Covid-19. The sudden and drastic change to our collective daily routines has solidified the need to adjust traditional models of “home” to better support the myriad of functions required by our modern-day shelters.
Our residential team’s initial survey identified several common themes required for a successful “Home-Work-Home” environment. The four most critical elements for a prototypical future home include:
- Built-in safe-guards and sanitation protocols
- Visible wellness-focused elements such as natural light and ventilation
- Biophilic designs which incorporate plants and nature
- Separation, but not isolation, between work/study and living areas
THE PROTOTYPE: The initial conceptual design we have created for the Home-Work-Home is 2,500 sqft on a 50’ x 100’ lot. The flexible layout is based on a family of five with two working adults and three school-aged children. It makes efficient use of every available square foot, inside and out.
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Abramson Architects Offers Rapidly Implementable Ideas for the Post-Pandemic Workplace
As architects and designers, we are constantly adapting to transformations in environment, culture and technology and we pride ourselves in our ability to craft designs that endure these constant shifts. The changes we have seen over the two months, however, have been unlike anything we have ever experienced in both suddenness and scale.
While employees are just getting settled into the work from home environment thanks to widespread “stay-at-home” orders, the C-Suite and other leadership groups are tackling the delicate challenge of transitioning their staff back to the workplace. In the healthcare market, we realize there may be a serious case for discontinuing agile desk configurations due to the increased potential for disease transmission in these settings. Conversely, many of the creative offices and technology companies we partner with have expressed that they plan to leverage their remote working infrastructures while they seek more reliable long-term solutions for face-to-face connections. These companies typically had a 50-60% rate of remote working, even prior to the pandemic-driven requirements.
We in California are looking ahead to how this impacts the reopening of non-essential facilities and creative offices, such as architectural firms. As such, we wanted to share some of the ideas we have been discussing with our clients over the past few weeks. Most of the following suggestions can be implemented quickly and inexpensively to better prepare your offices, and employees, for their return to “Business as (UN)Usual”.
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On Saturday, January 25, 2020, Abramson Architects' "Sapire Residence" was awarded one of the AIA’s San Fernando’s highest honors. In presenting the Honor Award for Residential Architecture, the AIA-SFV offered the following statement, “The level of the project extends well beyond local and regional success. And is well-deserving of the honor award bestowed by the jury.”
The Sapire Residence (aka The Palisades House) is a large, but informal, home that has been woven into the topography of the client’s dramatically sloping 2-acre site. The jury noted that, “The architect successfully balanced a 17,000 square foot home by terracing and breaking up the masses.” Other contributing factors include the use of simple materials and the home’s beautiful siting.
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“Open Door Policy” – Abramson Architects’ Major Home Transformation featured in CA Home + Design’s Anniversary Issue
Wyoming Residence featured in a New Book about Resiliency and “Domestic Architecture in the Era of Climate Change”
A Short Film Explores Biking in LA and how Designers are “Bridging the Gap” between the Built Environment and Community Needs
CSUN’s Hillel Jewish Center moves into Construction on the Abramson Architects-Designed Renovation and Building Addition
Security Looms Large for CSUN’s Jewish Center
BisNow’s “Culver City State of the Market” Panel to feature Trevor Abramson, Founding Principal of Abramson Architects
Abramson Architects’ Contributes Two Modular “CatCube” Designs for the Annual “Giving Shelter” event Benefitting FixNation
"11 Architectural Cat Shelters”
"Last Week, the L.A. Design World Was Buzzing About … Cat Condos"
"These Cat Houses are Nicer than Human Houses. We're Not Event Joking"
"Architects and Designers Build Shelters for Homeless Cats"
Advocacy / Action / Architecture: A New “Bridging the Gap” Video Series shares Insights on Making LA a Safer, More Inclusive City
For the past 19 years, the Healthcare Design Showcase has been published to exemplify the best design and architecture in the healthcare industry. The Schwartz Aesthetic Institute is one of 42 projects chosen for the 2019 Edition based on the criteria of innovation, collaboration, aesthetics, and functionality/operational performance.
While relocating their practice, formerly known as the Schwartz Medical Offices, the owners recognized an opportunity to create a glamorous space reflective of the meticulous eye for detail and attention to artistry exhibited by Dr. Schwartz and his staff. Every part of the design was a joint effort between the design team, consultants, vendors, fabricators, and client stakeholders. Read more here.
Design with Purpose: ATA Supports the 9th Annual LA Design Festival through an In-Office Panel and a Winning Installation at the ROW DTLA
From June 20-23, 2019 the Los Angeles Design Festival honors the city’s rich design culture and diversity of talent. ATA is participating in two events during this citywide celebration of creativity.
PANEL: “BIKING in LA: BRIDGING THE GAP” June 19, 2019 | ATA | 8924 Lindblade St, Culver City
5PM: Office Tour & Social Hour | 6PM: Panel and Q&A
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ATA is kicking off this year’s celebration with a pre-festival panel discussion and office tour on June 19th. The panel features experts in the field of design, advocacy, community engagement, wellness, and urban planning to discuss both short and long term strategies for creating a more accessible and interconnected city.
Trevor Abramson, FAIA
Design Principal, Abramson Teiger Architects
Laemmle Theaters, The Laemmle Foundation, and the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition Member
Author of the City Cycling Guide: Los Angeles and Vertical Director of Movement & Sports for Headspace
Andrew Ross, PE
Civil Engineer, County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works
WINNING INSTALLATION: “PARK by Adham Ghatit”
June 20, 2019 - June 23, 2019 | ROW DTLA Market Row | 777 Alameda Street, Los Angeles
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PARK is one of the winning submission from this year’s Los Angeles Design Festival Installation Competition. The playful exploration features a pavilion, designed by ATA Project Manager Adham el Ghatit, and brings together plants and shade under a timber framed space to create a small urban park.
You can check out Adham's installation at the ROW DTLA between June 20-23. The installation is free and open to the public.
Reimaging Neighborhoods and Creating Places for Connection: Kate Balfour and Sara Cecil talk Interior Design at Culver City’s Platform
In keeping with the theme of “What is Design”, Kate and Sara discuss why they create places for connection and how they approach the delicate balance between trendy and timeless.
“People are drawn to spaces that are well designed. They might not realize it’s the design of the place that makes them feel so good but at the end of the day, it really matters.” -Kate Balfour, Senior Interior Designer, ATA.
“When we’re designing in California, being able to bring the local flavor into the aesthetic is really important.” -Sara Cecil, Interior Designer, ATA.
Geared at attracting tech industry tenants, Synapse has done exactly that. Scopely, an interactive entertainment company, will relocate from their current location to 8888 Washington in 2020. The mobile games maker will more than double their currently footprint after they take residence in their new state-of-the-art headquarters.
The angular geometry of Synapse’s glossy white exterior membrane, made from custom molded glass fiber reinforced panels, gives the 92,000 sq ft creative office complex a sense of movement and purpose. Electricity and network bandwidth are sized to accommodate the high demand a user such as Scopely requires and are further supported by true fiber redundancy.
Synapse is the second phase of the ATA-designed Platform mixed-use complex which transformed an abandoned used-car dealership and former railroad station into a lively hub of fashion, art, and culinary talent. Synapse continues where Platform left off by fulfilling the promise of a pedestrian friendly public realm connecting the busy Culver City Metro stop and the city’s rapidly growing Downtown.
‘Star Trek’ game maker Scopely lands lease in new Culver City office building
This Week's Leases: Video Game Maker Expands in Culver City
Gaming Company Scopely Expands Headquarters In Culver City
The Hollywood Reporter
Scopely More Than Doubles Footprint with Major Culver City Expansion
Scopely’s recent success is bringing the publisher a new Culver City headquarters
Scopely expands headquarters in Culver City in L.A.
Scopely to expand headquarters in Culver City
Los Angeles Daily News
Interactive gaming company to lease another 60,000 square feet in Culver City: The company likes adventure, so dogs are welcome at work and snacks are free.
Connect California: Commercial Real Estate News
Scopely to Expand HQ at Runyon’s Platform in Culver City
Culver City Observer
Scopely to Expand Headquarters in Culver City.
In a recent Design LA Magazine article entitled “Culver City Now”, Michael Webb explores the history and future state of this rapidly growing community. The LA Times' quarterly publication examines how the city is dealing with a billion dollars of new construction while continuing their legacy of smart, forward-looking development. Two Abramson Teiger Architects projects were featured in the discussion about how enlightened civic planning is transforming the community.
The Platform converted an abandoned and blighted area into an eclectic retail, restaurant and creative office development. It ATA’s intent to preserve the site’s rich history by repurposing several existing buildings and celebrating these previous operations through the art of architecture.
The Synapse is a mixed-use office structure which celebrates the tech industry’s ability to share complex concepts and ideas through elegantly interconnected networks. The creative office’s design is a biomorphic representation of the rapid electro-chemical signaling mechanisms occurring in our neural networks.
Other completed Culver City projects, not listed in the article, include Keslow Camera’s collaborative office, the artfully design Hackman Garage, and two facilities for Cedars-Sinai Medical System. ATA is also designing multiple projects in the booming Hayden Track along with the new “Brick and Machine” development set to bring 85,000 sq ft of office and retail space to Downtown Culver City.
Celebrating smart and sustainable multidisciplinary design, this year’s International Design Awards (IDA) jury bestowed Abramson Teiger Architect’s LALA Bridge with the Gold Award in the Architecture Category for “Arches, Bridges, Viaducts, and Gateways”. The iconic structure offers a solution to the current bike path’s lengthy detour around the Marina. The pathway is a five percent sloped spiral ramp that is nestled within a latticed shell structure. It was generated by lofting two rotated ellipses along an arch. The monumental bases contribute to the spatial and social experience by becoming an occupiable event space.
In addition to the IDA Award, LALA Bridge has also recently been honored by the BSA/AIA (Boston Society of Architecture). The concept was originally conceived to start a discussion on ways the broken pathway could be made whole. In keeping with their desire to leverage old schools of thought with the boldness of new, ATA continues to explore this topic.
ATA Ranked as one of Interior Design Magazine’s Top 50 Architects in Los Angeles, based on the 2019 PowerGrid LA Survey
Interior Design Magazine released the findings of their first ever PowerGrid LA survey in 2019, after having focused on New York for the last two years. Abramson Teiger Architects (ATA) ranked 23 on their list of Top 50 Architectural Firms in Los Angeles, a reflection of the firm’s ability to preserve constant design themes that reflect their Southern California roots while remaining inventive and progressive.
Interior Design Magazine’s ranking is based on ATA’s local development portfolio within downtown L.A., Arts District, Culver City, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Long Beach, and Pasadena. ATA’s relevant work includes several local projects such as Third and Traction, a conversion of underused structures in Downton LA into a mixed-use complex that exudes the neighborhood's vitality, and The Union at Sunset, the transformation of a previously introverted site into a vibrant gathering place connected by a network of outdoor terraces. The Los Angeles Premium Outlets (Abramson Teiger Architects, Design Architect with DLR Group, Executive Architect) also made the list as the 17th largest On-the-Boards Development project.
ATA’s Architect and Photographer, Javier Gil Vieco, Wins AIA|LA Architectural Photography Citation Award – February 2019
Javier Gil Vieco, architect and photographer for Abramson Teiger Architects, was recognized on February 12, 2019 at the AIA-Los Angeles’ Architectural Photography Awards Ceremony. His submission, entitled “Glowing Profile”, received the following comments from the Jury:
“This one I absolutely loved. It is so minimal. It’s so confusing. It renders architecture as a body. You don’t know if it’s on its side, if it’s a landscape, or what the sky is doing. It just feels sort of sensual in a way that I don’t normally see architecture in a photograph.”
The purely playful composition achieved by this exercise reflects the importance of composition in Javier’s photographic work.
“Architecture is a great subject to create suggestive abstract compositions like this one,” said Javier during his acceptance speech at the Schindler House/MAK Center in Los Angeles.
“The materiality of buildings and its elements, the different textures, and contrasts between light and shade, all add up to enrich photographs in a very unique way, which makes architecture photography so special.”
Amongst one of the most competitive awards programs in the United States, AIA|BSA Design Awards - Boston Society of Architects honor excellence in architecture. Abramson Teiger Architects is proud to announce that the BSA recognized the LALA Gateway Bridge with its 2018 BSA Unbuilt Architecture and Design Citation Award.
A few of the Jury comments:
The bridge, because of its scale, becomes a monument to Marina Del Ray and Los Angeles. The curling ramp was thought of as an outdoor LA Guggenheim. One juror considered this bridge “so LA;” ...an appropriate and compelling design for a bridge in LA.
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Abramson Teiger Architects contributes the 4, 500 sq ft award winning Lima Residence of Calabasas, CA For full details go to https://www.architravel.com/news/lima-residence-by-abramson-teiger-architects/
Abramson Teiger Architects contributes a modern renovation to the Religious Places, TEMPLE ISRAEL of Long Beach, CA For full details go to https://www.architravel.com/architravel/building/temple-israel/
Abramson Teiger Architects collaborates with ArchiTravel and contributes one of their award winning residence. For full details go to https://www.architravel.com/news/kelly-residence-by-abramson-teiger-architects/
Abramson Teiger Architects contributes the First Presbyterian Church of Encino, CA featured in the RELIGIOUS PLACES section of ArchiTravels online architectural guide. Full details go to https://www.architravel.com/architravel/building/first-presbyterian-church/
ATA's PLATFORM is featured in the Commercial | Retail | Urban section of ArchiTravel guide. Full details, go to https://www.architravel.com/architravel/building/platform/
ArchiTravel highlights ATA's Sinnott residence. An Iconic Angular Home with Timeless Attraction. To view the full article...https://www.architravel.com/architravel/building/sinnott-residence/
Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine is the “essential source for those with a passion for creating beautiful surroundings and living well.” The team at ATA is proud to see Trevor Abramson, FAIA featured in the publication’s ‘Eye on Design 2018’ compendium on regional style.
ATA’s Trevor Abramson, FAIA, and Björn Schrader present the Platform Project at a panel discussion for the Urban Land Institute’s Fall Meeting.
New work! Abramson Teiger Architects creates a branded experience for Octagon’s hip new Midtown Atlanta workplace
New work! Abramson Teiger Architects masters a flexible employee choice environment in Huge’s Atlanta workspace
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ATA’s Loqui Taco Bar design has been selected as a finalist in the AIA | LA Restaurant Design Awards
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Mainland Poke expands with another Abramson Teiger Architects-designed location, now open in Marina Del Rey
The poke brand’s signature blue color is seen in the mixed material seating that was custom designed for the client.
Wood Accent Wall
A wood accent wall was designed to mimic fish scales for a perfectly on-brand textural element.
Tuesday March 28, 2017
10:05AM - 10:50AM | Leasing Trends Outlook Panel
Additional events will be held from 8:00AM - 3:00PM
Sheraton Downtown LA
711 S Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA
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Thursday March 23, 2017
5:00 PM | Networking
6:00PM – 7:00PM | Program
538 S Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA
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Managing Principal Douglas Teiger has been elected the 2017 President of the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter
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Trends Ideas Magazine writes about the ‘maintenance-free home’ designed by Abramson Teiger Architects
“As we become increasingly aware of the negative effects our actions can have on our world, many of us are responding by want-ing homes that ‘sit lightly on the land’. It’s a phrase that can encompass a number of different aspects – and many of those were integral to the design of this new home by Abramson Teiger Architects.” – Trends Ideas
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Abramson Teiger Interiors receives the 2017 award for Best Interior Design Studio in California from BUILD News
A decorative pattern comprised of variously recessed wooden blocks lines a main interior wall, while tessellated white tiles reminiscent of fish scales wrap the separate food preparation area. Design Principal Trevor Abramson explained, ‘The white tiles and wood talk to materials found in a traditional fish market and are a perfect palette for the vibrant colors found in the fresh fish poke.’” – The Architects Newspaper
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Abramson Teiger Architects unveils the latest addition to Platform in Culver City at 8888 Washington Boulevard
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Abramson Teiger Architects recently completes the first of three new locations for Mainland Poke Restaurants
Thoughtful details like a custom wood fish scale wall and geometric tiling offer branded subtleties that heighten the experience. A pop of light blue balances the mix of organic materials, especially seen in the custom made furniture that was also designed by Abramson Teiger. The design team has enjoyed the process of streamlining the brand from their original shop and creating a model for future locations.
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"David Pascu, award-winning Associate Principal architect at Abramson Teiger Architects, has worked on everything from homes to schools to kicking the hipsters out of the McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn and restoring it to its former glory. But the project his 4 and 8-year-old kids were most stoked about was the all-natural fort they made out in the woods during a camping trip ... Now he has some tips for you and your kid to make your own this weekend." - Fatherly.com
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“The winning projects are each stunning and provocative new additions to their urban and rural locations—authentic connections to nature and to the very cultures in which they coexist. The selected projects have a positive psychological effect on the communities in which they are built and in which they serve—every detail looks handcrafted; every facade contextualized; every plan, diagram, and section particularly and exquisitely well executed.” – The Chicago Athenaeum
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Abramson Teiger Architects is featured in the August Issue of Mountain Living Magazine for the Wyoming Residence
Abramson Teiger Architects is honored to share their featured story in the current issue of Mountain Living Magazine. The Wyoming Residence was chosen for the August issue, which showcases homes with ultimate views. Our project in Jackson Hole, Wyoming was carefully integrated into the landscape for minimal site alteration of the sloping meadow and maximum views of the Teton Mountain Range.
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Abramson Teiger Architects collaborates with designer Tom Dixon on his latest store, now open at PLATFORM
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Abramson Teiger Architects recently completes the new Sweetgreen Headquarters at PLATFORM in Culver City
Sweetgreen, a tech-savvy salad chain, wanted to bring their rapidly expanding corporate team to Los Angeles. They found their new home at PLATFORM in Culver City, a 220,000 square foot retail and creative office district, also designed by Abramson Teiger Architects.
Sweetgreen has a firm food philosophy in their restaurants – use only local and seasonal ingredients to support communities and encourage a healthy lifestyle. With this in mind, we were able to implement meaningful design features in their office. The free flowing layout and mobile workstations inspire collaboration and a lively office energy. Conference rooms were named and styled after the seasons to tie into their culinary ideology. An open kitchen houses butcher block islands and communal tables where employees can prepare and enjoy healthy lunches together.
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Abramson Teiger Interiors has been selected to showcase at the La Cienega Design Quarter LEGENDS Event
Abramson Teiger Architects wins the 2016 Architects for Animals Design Competition benefiting FixNation
The ATA team entered our “Cat Bowl” design for the cat house competition at this year’s Architects for Animals “Giving Shelter” event, held at the Herman Miller LA Showroom. We competed against a dozen of Los Angeles’s top design firms and won the highest honor of BEST DESIGN. All entries are auctioned off to benefit FixNation, a non-profit organization that provides resources for homeless cats. This is our second year taking part in this charitable event and we are thrilled to have contributed to such a virtuous cause.
Taking reference from a fish bowl, our "Cat Bowl" design was inspired by the Chinese yin-yang symbol. The fish make up the form while the cat rests inside, and the layers of the structure are spaced apart to allow the cat easy viewing to the outside while remaining safely hidden within. The multiple points of access and platforms allow the cat to use the house in a variety of ways. By letting the cat becomes the fish, we are giving the cat the freedom to see the world while safely being shielded from it.
Abramson Teiger Architects receives a 2015 AIA SFV Design Award for the Cedars Sinai Urgent Care Facility
When Cedars Sinai approached ATA to design a new Urgent Care Center, we welcomed the opportunity to elevate the standard healthcare facility above and beyond the status quo. It was our foremost goal to create a highly functional space that serves the practical needs of the community, while advancing the typical medical environment to be less sterile and more welcoming.
We wanted the layout to feel expansive and open, but still encourage a flow that catered to the frequent and sensitive transitions of the patients and staff. We achieved this by directionally orienting visitors with turquoise fins that lead towards major pathways and darker wood accents that indicate key locations, such as check-in desks and nursing stations. High design elements were thoroughly considered in every material detail, such as sculptural LED light fixtures and plank flooring. The result is a distinctly streamlined space that gratifies both the client and the public it serves.
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Abramson Teiger Architects is featured in the Summer Issue of LUXE Magazine for the Napoli Residence
Abramson Teiger Architects is honored to see their work showcased in a fourteen-page spread in the Summer Issue of LUXE Magazine. The Napoli Residence is located on a golf course in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles. The sprawling home strikes a perfect balance between modern and traditional to satisfy the sophisticated mixed styles of the owners.
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