This month we are focused on how to bring people in closer connection to their natural environment.
Our newsletter features the newly opened Mar Monte Hotel, progress on our Mattei’s Tavern renovation, and our volunteerism efforts in the Santa Barbara community.
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Frames and footings are being built for The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos, CA.
Project Team: DMHA Architecture, AvroKO, RRM, True Nature, Ann Kale Associates.
Drone shots courtesy of Northstar Development & Construction, General Contractor.
We are excited to see two of our downtown infill residential projects under construction across the street from one another!
The first is our East De La Guerra Mixed Use project with KIBO Group and Cearnal Collective (check out these renderings). This project will bring 26 new rental units to the downtown core while restoring the historic home of the Ygnacio family; descendants of the notable Santa Barbarian and Chumash womxn Maria Ygnacia.
The second is our 800 Santa Barbara Street Mixed Use project with HBA Architects and JDC Construction and Development Group This three story development will bring 23 new housing units to the downtown core while preserving the original East-West brick paseo.
view of 800 Santa Barbara Street to 214-226 East De La Guerra
214-226 East De La Guerra
Left: Scaffolding at the new elevator tower | Right: Historic home of Maria Ygnacia to be restored
landscape fabric installed at built-in planters | plants coming soon!
800 Santa Barbara Street
JDC Group begins construction at 800 Santa Barbara Street
existing olive trees to be relocated on site
Excavation and grading are underway for The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos, CA.
Project Team: DMHA Architecture, AvroKO, RRM, True Nature. Drone shots courtesy of Northstar Development & Construction, General Contractor.
Located across from Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden for over 60 years, Unity of Santa Barbara is an integral part of the Santa Barbara community. We recently had the pleasure of working with Unity on the renovation of their downtown campus. CJM::LA worked closely with both the Unity leadership team and congregation to develop a new design for their “front yard” space. What was once a traditional lawn with limited event capacity is now a beautiful courtyard suitable not only for outdoor services, but also weddings and other community events. Thank you to Allscape Design + Installation for an incredible job with the landscape installation, Stone Concepts for hardscape installation and VE Builders for carpentry work.
BEFORE | AFTER :
Unity courtyard after | new permeable pavers, olive trees and custom wood benches
CJM::LA verifies hardscape, gravel and wood samples on site
Allscape installs olive trees in the courtyard
hardscape and olive trees installed in the courtyard
VE Builders installs custom mangaris benches in the courtyard
Renovations are underway at what will soon be known as the Hyatt Mar Monte. As this project nears the end of the construction phase, the CJM::LA continues to oversee the revitalization of this historic hotel with Young Construction and Steve Hanson Landscaping. This project combines layered textural plantings with historic Spanish Colonial detailing, ensuring a natural cohesion with the Santa Barbara waterfront.
demolition of the existing parking lot and impermeable brick paving
converting the existing parking lot into a pedestrian promenade and lobby placita
decorative columns taking shape!
framing the fountain
setting the mediterranean fan palm in place at the pool deck
converting the existing pool deck into a lush paradise
careful restoration of the original hotel entry
putting the finishing touches on our lobby placita fountain. tile provided by NS Ceramic.
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This House Doesn’t Hold Back and Embraces the Desert
May 24, 2016
Image courtesy of Dean Kaufman
Phoenix couple Thomas and Laura Hyland bought the award winning Dialogue house in 2010. Working with the homes original architect, they restored the home to its former glory. With the renovations, the couple paid special attention to the surrounding desert landscape by maintaining the rocky landscape and native vegetation.
Click here to read more about this project.
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Every Chair Tells a Story
May 12, 2016
Image courtesy of Veerie Evens
Designer Yinka Ilori has turned to simple dining chairs as canvas for telling his personal story. He finds old and abused chairs and up cycles them using Dutch Wax batik–print fabrics that are closely associated with his Nigerian heritage. The traditional patterns are a part of his personal narrative of being British and Nigerian and it resonates with other people of similar backgrounds.
Click here to read more about Yinka Ilori’s work.
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Urban Outfitters HQ
March 10, 2016
image courtesy of D.I.R.T. Studio
The new corporate campus for the retailer Urban Outfitters transformed a decommissioned naval yard in Philadelphia into a new space for the city with artistic vengeance and ecological vigor. Maintaining the integrity of the original site, the design uses existing industrial elements to dictate the forms of the design. Suddenly former rail lines carrying cargo carry to and from ships now carries employees from their office to a cup of coffee.
Click here to read more about this poster child for industrial redevelopment.