Big week tearing one down...and building one up!
We are proud to be one of the sponsors for the Long Beach Open Studio's tour starting this weekend! http://longbeachopenstudio.com/ This is an amazing opportunity to experience the under-recognized artists of our city in their own studio environments. There is nothing like hearing about an individual artists motivations, criticisms, and aspirations while experience how their work environment is both shaped and shapes these masters. Please see the schedule for the self guided map to the next four weekends of tours. This weekend Zafaria District! Viva Long Beach Flavor!!! ... See more
Eucalyptus st. residential bathroom completed! From the outset it was our intention to have this bathroom function more like a spa with materials and surfaces you can touch, feel, and experience through a range of different sunlighting positions throughout the day. The dynamic light qualities were further developed into individual wall planters for orchids and succulents - each optimally positioned for individual plant types. Features include custom metal panel door, integrated towel warmer, heated floor, and motorized skylight. A discrete makeup light was also custom built to match the wall pattern and blend into the wall when not in use. https://ultra-unit.com/eucalyptus-spa-bathroom/ ... See more
Eucalyptus st. residential bathroom completed! From the outset it was our intention to have this bathroom function more like a spa with materials and surfaces you can touch, feel, and experience through a range of different sunlighting positions throughout the day. The dynamic light qualities were further developed into individual wall planters for orchids and succulents - each optimally positioned for individual plant types. Features include custom metal panel door, integrated towel warmer, heated floor, and motorized skylight. A discrete makeup light was also custom built to match the wall pattern and blend into the wall when not in use. ... See more
Ultra-Unit is now accepting internship applications for two positions over the summer. We here at the studio are committed to making the internship process a valuable one and will focus instruction on professional design production. Interns will work side by side with our staff in producing an architecture competition entry. Candidates can email resume and portfolio works to Cameron@ultra-unit.com and should be at least second year in a university program. ... See more
New limited edition promotional T-shirt’s. Represent LBC! Can you spot your favorite buildings? - or ship 🙂
Our team has been working with a great client, Zain Ramjan and his family for months developing this carwash as a contemporary adaption of googie architectural style. The location will be in replacement of the existing carwash at 3525 Anaheim St. here in Long Beach. The Ultra-Unit team including Karl Roesch and Peiyan Jiang are making this city a little bit more amazing..... Completed project will include a dog wash and frisky play area - necessary for recently washed dogs 🙂 and bike / motorcycle cleaning station. ... See more
Kusmana residence in Manhattan Beach coming along nicely. With Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, Mnmmod, Minarc
We have always had immense pride in the fact that we are constantly improving our city in part by adapting many of our old buildings and neighborhoods into contemporary cultural context. The Ripples night club is an amazing piece of Long Beach history and iconic as an epicenter for the gay culture of past. On a more personal note, its also where I met my wife almost 13 years ago, we attended dance classes next door and socialized there afterward. With this immense burden we have considered the adaption of this past into a more neighborhood connected, view oriented, extroverted and inclusive venue. This would be a remodel of the original structure with the resurrection of the kitchen service which the original building of the 1930's was created with. Thank you Martin Porter and other unnamed partners for allowing us to participate. ... See more
We are proud of this new building which we are developing in conjunction with Minarc. https://www.facebook.com/minarcdesign/ This is a 29 unit apartment building in the city of Van Nuys which dramatically exceeds minimum parking requirements. Those tubes are not just for good looks, they dramatically demonstrate the water reclamation from the roof to the planted berm and are functional roof drain, guardrail, and brise soliel. 40,000 sf with the majority of the units as three bedrooms, close to the growing Van Nuys business district. ... See more
We are fortunate to be able to help Salud Juice Bar owners Steve and Angela open up in a new space on retro row - corner of 4th and cherry. Another great example of how new entrepreneurs activate neighborhoods. ... See more
"The increase in density allows a scale of new development that can absorb and rectify planning mistakes of the past and at the same time monetarily incentivize updates to our existing building stock," writes Cameron Crockett of Ultra-Unit Architectural Studio. ... See more
View of the theater across the river
This is a recently completed remodel for Jennifer and Jordon Ryan in Torrance. Turned out great in large part due to their great design sense. Thanks to both of them for allowing us to work with them and for writing this gracious endorsement "I really appreciated everything everyone in your office has done in this whole remodel. We had such a good experience, no drama at all and stayed within budget and you all respected that. Fernando is the man! We love him. We have so many friends that have had nightmare stories, but not us. We love our house and want to live and die here! We plan on doing a comprehensive review on our experience. And if you ever want anyone to talk to us, visit our home whatever we'd be happy to do so. " ... See more
Ultra-Unit Architectural Studio is now taking application for summer internship. Candidates should be enrolled in an architecture program at the 2nd year or greater level. We offer a stimulating environment and this summer we plan on doing some competitions so it should prove to be a intense and portfolio worthy effort. Email applications to email@example.com ... See more
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Madan Residence in Cheviot Hills making great progress! 3 months in and framing complete - another short 4 months and this puppy is ready for Mr. Miller to live in! With Fernando Adame
We are looking for new team members! Firm Website: https://www.ultra-unit.com Job Location: Long Beach, Ca. Ultra-Unit Architectural Studio is a dynamic, engaged architectural firm that embraces “crafted design” as a methodology. We value making physical models, prototyping furniture on our CNC machine, visualizing in 3d and see we all of these mediums as significant contributors to design within the office. We offer a unique environment to work and in contrast to large firms we offer a great variety of projects and the ability to align our staff by project rather than by task. As principal I am looking for team members who find good design to be stimulating, The kind of people that find it hard to sleep when a great idea is kicking around in their heads. We see ourselves as agents of change in the dynamically changing Long Beach arena and consider ourselves catalyst is this very localized phenomenon. We are prolific creators and makers of architecture who explore, and innovate, …. continuously. We would like to hire one or more persons who share our vision and who are preferably Long Beach locals with 3 – 5 years experience in an architectural firm, have at least 1 year of professional Revit use and a strong portfolio. Our current projects include multifamily, restaurants, custom homes and adaptive reuse commercial types. We are a small firm with big ideas and for the right candidate we offer authorship as an integral part of this rapidly growing firm. ... See more
Starting demo on a project is like dating someone new (sorry wife - only metaphorical reference!). This new lover is a residential remodel in Cheviot Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles and in 7 short months its going to be a showpiece for Dr. Miller! ... See more
These are a few shots of our recently completed 4th and Olive restaurant. This started out as an old mechanics shop and with owners Dan, Alex and Adams vision, we created this environment for them. One of the main mantra's of the restaurant is that they hire vets. We embraced this incredibly heartfelt and sincere effort on their part as a major design influence and used mending and stitching to bind these slabs of butcherblock walnut together. Wine holders were custom designed and fabricated in our shop and we intend to sell these as a completed panels. We still have some tweeks to do but if you have a chance try out their amazing food (pork chops are other worldly!!), wine and beer! ... See more
Currently we are working on this 2,200 Sq. Ft. house on a narrow 30' wide lot in the Montecito heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. We are paying close attention to maximizing the amazing view and exploiting as much deck space as is possible as a way of increasing the perceived area of the living space. The lower floors set the stage for the umbrella type deck covering which frames and composes the L.A. view. We are privileged to be working with Ike Valentine on this one and cant wait to see it built! ... See more
Our recently completed 4th and Olive restaurant getting some great press! I recommend it highly if you have not had a chance to try it yet.
Partners Dan Tapia, Alex McGroarty and Adam Grimm last week celebrated the grand opening of their restaurant, Fourth and Olive, a new culinary destination in Long Beach’s East Village neighborhood that serves Alsatian cuisine and provides jobs for disabled vets. ... See more
Long Beach really is an amazing place to practice architecture. Where else but this eclectic little city would we have the opportunity to recreate an authentic Cambodian "Wat" for the Khemara Buddhikarama Temple at 2100 E. Willow St. Chad Sterud here in the office has created these beautiful Naga sketches, these are always a traditional component of the stairways. ... See more
Sometimes we make tables, because we can 🙂 Thanks To David Miller, Eric Budwig and Lucas Rukavina for helping out on this one! The red towers are in fact the salt and pepper shakers and the the middle is based on midieval city structures. Some of the photos don't show it but there is a glass top protecting the tableware sections. The entire top slab is made of Maple - dam this is going to be heavy to move! ... See more
recent press on the ArtX building: http://lbpost.com/life/arts-culture/2000009729-artx-to-celebrate-grand-opening-saturday?utm_source=newsletter_263&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=long-beach-s-case-against-monsanto-dismissed-by-district-judge&acm=31589_263 ... See more
The recently renovated look of the 3,000-square-foot gallery space at the Art Exchange Visual Art Center (ARTX) in the East Village Arts District is truly contemporary, with its stark white gallery walls, the original concrete floors, now visible and polished, exposed brick and the skeletons of the… ... See more
Watch out Long Beach! We are working on a new "Flex Living" apartment building here in Downtown.
I am honored to have been presented with the Mayors Business Award for contributions to the economic, social and cultural fabric of the city as part of EASBA ( http://www.zaferia.org/about/ ). Thank you Long Beach and Mayor Garcia! https://lbpost.com/business/2000009383-mayor-robert-garcia-to-host-new-award-ceremony-for-long-beach-businesses http://www.longbeach.gov/Mayor/News/biz-award/ ... See more
Otto has convinced me - I love meads! Who knew?? We are privileged to have been able to help him get into the old peppercorn location. Please swing by and support this coolness!!!
Southern California’s first craft cider and mead gastropub debuts in downtown Long Beach LONG BEACH, CALIF., July 29, 2016 – Great Society Cider & Mead, the first cider-centric bar in Southern California, announces its soft opening on Thursday, August 4. Patrons can enjoy 20 taps craft ciders and me... ... See more
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