Angela Brooks, Lawrence Scarpa and Jeff Huber have developed a 25 year old multi-disciplinary architectural practice to design projects from housing to institutional to
landscape to interiors.

A 25- year old multi-disciplinary architectural practice by Angela Brooks, Lawrence Scarpa, and Jeff Huber design projects varying from single bed housing to institutional to landscape to graphic design and interior design. They have won awards like the 2014 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, 2010 State of California and National American Institute of Architecture Firm Award, and many more. 

1. Jade Valley Napavillion

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This pavilion, constructed in jade valley resort, is an attraction for winery and wine tasters. For the tranquillity of the visitors, a pavilion to stargaze is designed and constructed of wood and cotton rope. A dark protective coat was applied to give the pavilion a fluorescent shine. This coating makes the pavilion glow under the twinkling of the stars amidst the gardens.

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2. The Six Disabled Veteran Housing

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 A housing, designed to change the ideology of housing projects which are isolated and don’t allow public gatherings. This housing facility encourages interactive gathering spaces, community living and multi-functionality activities, office space for veterans, storage, and parking. The building is not only community-friendly but also environment friendly and climate-responsive.

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3. Solar Umbrella House

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The solar umbrella house is inspired by Paul Rudolph’s umbrella house. The house consists of a living room, kitchen, dining, study, and two bedrooms with a rainwater harvesting system which fills a water body and waters the garden. The existing house was remodeled by reorienting the main entry and adding a patio and a water body and a floor. A set of wind collection fins and photovoltaic canopy for active & passive solar protection were added to recycle & renew energy. There are 89 solar panels which help in saving energy.

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4. Step Up Special Needs Housing

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For rehabilitation of the homeless and mentally disabled population, a building with 46 studio units, retail space, and subterranean parking was constructed with a screen, creating a play of light in the interiors, blocking the sun and providing privacy. The courtyard acts as a vent system by pulling in the cool air and letting out the hot air from above.

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5. The Firm

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This project dealt with revamping and converting a warehouse into an office space accommodating offices for principals of the company, offices for team members, and support staff along with reception area, conference rooms, kitchen, lounge, and service rooms. The architectural team has corresponded with the contractor and finished the project in 16 weeks.

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6. Plummer Park

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Amidst the dense urban living in West Hollywood, additional green space is proposed to revamp a parking lot and to reorganize the existing Plummer Park with an addition of a preschool along with a fiesta hall.

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A new pedestrian walkway is introduced connecting experiences of the park which include preschool building, play areas, spaces for engagement activities, parking lot along with a water body. An auditorium was also proposed with the facilities of the stage, dressing rooms, restrooms, lobby kitchen, and a spacious patio connecting the park. 

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7. Mixed – Use Creative Office Building

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A proposal plan for a building spread in an area of 321,250 sq.ft with 193 units on Robertson Expo Line in Culver City, California. A renovation proposed for 26000 Sq.Ft with retail shops on the ground floor, a walkway to dwell, walk, and explore the area, making it public and private at the same time. 

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8. Fuller Lofts

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A vertical expansion with steel cladding facade allowing having an affordable stay, on a 1920s concrete building with a facade from the neoclassical period. A carved-out atrium connects an exterior stairway and walkway to the terrace, where a gathering space and roof garden are set for the workers.

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9. Luxe Sea Community Center

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Amid a resort, this building is introduced, a multi-functional complex located on a hillside with a panoramic view of Guanyin of Nanshan statue. It is designed with a sunken water garden, with overhangs and shaded sit out spaces.

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10. Dwell House LL

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The house is zoned into private spaces and public spaces. Natural contours of the house help a lot in making its design unique. The public spaces are open full of natural light, giving a view of the hillside, whereas the private spaces are indirectly opened to an artificial waterfall. Above all this design elegantly merges the notion of inside-outside.

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11. Jigsaw Editorial Studios

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The Architectural team commissioned to remodel a 1940’s warehouse into an editing suite. The team has come up with a design where the warehouse acts as the outer box which collects all the interior spaces and holds them together with screens functioning as windows, walls with ping-pong balls, acrylic beads stuffed inside. These walls diffuse light and make the spaces well-lit, leaving the editing room a dark isolated space.

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12. Mennello Museum of American Art

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This project aims to bring people close to the art and history of the world. An expansion for the museum is designed by extending the spaces and making it a cultural destination with bike paths, sculpture gardens, pedestrian ways, and multi-purpose halls.

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13. Chengdu Boutique Hotel

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A small hotel with 24 rooms and winery gives every guest an experience of private courtyards and balcony openings. The facade is staggered in such a way that it forms a brick screen and gives privacy at the same time. The courtyard and light wells bring ample amounts of light to the interiors of the hotel.

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14. Cherokee Studios

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Designed using passive design strategies, the orientation of the building controls solar load and allows the winds to flow through the building. A facade that cools the building temperature, cut downs noise, allows natural ventilation along with privacy by blocking the view and sun.

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15. 18Th Street Art Center

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An artist residency program that connects the public closer with the artists across the world. An artist uses this as a studio to work, live, and showcase their artwork. A rooftop gallery space serves in conducting exhibitions and showcases the artwork.

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She is an architecture student , a dog lover , a travel enthusiast and a trekker. She is enthusiastic about writing and architecture so mixing both through architecture journalism. She has worked both in commercial architectural firms as well as a sustainable architecture firm and is juggling to find a balance between both.

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