California Architecture – Buildings

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Californian Architecture : Buildings

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Architecture in California

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Californian Architecture. We cover major, completed Californian buildings and building designs. The focus is on contemporary Californian buildings.

We have 4 pages of California Architecture selections.

Californian Architecture : news + key projects (this page)

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Californian Building News

San Francisco Architecture Walking Tours
V. C. Morris Gift Shop
photo from Xanadu Gallery
Celebrated Bay area buildings include the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the V. C. Morris Gift Shop, the de Young Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Federal building.

California Architecture News – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

Golden State Warriors Arena, San Francisco
Design: Snøhetta + AECOM
Golden State Warriors Arena Building
image from architect

Golden State Warriors Arena – 11 Nov + 7 May 2013
The Golden State Warriors released the updated design of their new sports and entertainment arena on the waterfront at Piers 30-32 in San Francisco. This is not just a major new sports building but a significant piece of civic architecture and public realm. Cities across the North America – from Baltimore to Vancouver – have tried to reinvigorate their waterfronts and this development might go a long way in underlining San Francisco’s committment to quality cityscape.

Net Zero Energy House, Cupertino – 20 Sep 2013
Design: Klopf Architecture
Net Zero Energy House
photo : Mariko Reed

A partially-submerged lower level was designed with a pulled-back floor plate to create a light-filled atrium. In conjunction with the mechanical engineer, Klopf designed a net-zero energy home featuring insulated concrete forms, structural insulated panels, high-performance windows, cementitious siding and a solar photovoltaic system sized to cover all the energy usage.

The New Stanford Hospital, San Francisco Bay Area
Design: Rafael Viñoly Architects
The New Stanford Hospital California
image from architect

The New Stanford Hospital Building – 14 May 2013
This new building has started on site, part of the Stanford University Medical Center: Project Renewal. The project is scheduled for completion in 2017.

UC Davis Art Museum
Design: SO – IL
UC Davis Art Museum Sacramento
image from architect

UC Davis Art Museum – 2 May 2013
This is the design for the new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis.

Facebook Campus Expansion, Menlo Park, San Mateo County, San Francisco Bay Area
Design: Frank Gehry – Gehry Partners, LLP
Facebook Campus San Francisco Bay Area
photo from facebook

Facebook Campus – 22 Mar 2013
The Facebook Campus Project includes two project sites inclusive of the East Campus and West Campus. The Project is being processed in phases. The East Campus is located at 1 Hacker Way and was previously occupied by Oracle. The site is currently developed with nine buildings, which contain approximately 1,035,840 sqft. The approximately 22-acre West Campus is located at the intersection of Willow Road and Bayfront Expressway.

Union Station Master Plan, Los Angeles
UNStudio / EE&K / Jacobs Engineering
Los Angeles Union Station Buildings
image : UNStudio

Union Station Los Angeles Master Plan – 27 Apr 2012
Ben van Berkel of UNStudio and EE&K a Perkins Eastman company, and Jacobs Engineering propose a masterplan for this important city development.

Four Eyes House, Coachella Valley, southern California
Edward Ogosta Architecture
Four Eyes House
photo © Edward Ogosta Architecture

Four Eyes House – 14 Jan 2012
A weekend desert residence for a family and their dog, this contemporary California home is an exercise in site-specific experiential design.

Saperstein Residence, Hollywood Beach, Los Angeles
Enclosures Architects – added 9 Jan 2012
Saperstein Residence
photo from architects

Hollywood Beach Residence – added 9 Jan 2012
This 3,000 sqft three story residence is designed to maximise its oceanfront setting on only 2,625 sqft of beach property.

The 747 Wing House, Malibu, Los Angeles
Studio of Environmental Architecture
The 747 Wing House
photo : Carson Leh & Laura Doss

The 747 Wing House – 19 Dec 2011
This residence is set on a 55-acre property in the hills of Malibu with panoramic views.

Solar Plant Towers, Mojave Desert
RAFAA architecture & design
Solar Plant Towers California
image from architects

Solar Plant Towers California
This is a 392-MW solar thermal power facility located in the Mojave Desert, California. Ivanpah is using mirrors to focus the power of the sun on solar receivers at the top of three 225m power towers.

Yucca Crater, Mojave Desert
Ball Nogues Studio
Yucca Crater
picture : Courtesy Ball-Nogues Studio

Mojave Desert Design
Located east of Joshua Tree in Wonder Valley this design is a ‘synthetic earthwork’ that doubles as a recreational amenity. This monumental basin stands 30 feet from rim to low point. Rock climbing holds mounted on the interior allow visitors to descend into a deep pool of water.

Redelco Residence, Studio City, Los Angeles
Brooks + Scarpa
Redelco Residence
photo : Marvin Rand

Redelco Residence

Red Building at the Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Red Building Pacific Design Center
picture : StudioAMD

Red Building Pacific Design Center

The Broad Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
The Broad Art Foundation
image from architects

The Broad Art Foundation

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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Irving F. Morrow / Gertrude C. Morrow
Golden Gate Bridge California
photo © Andrew McRae

Golden Gate Bridge

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