Monday, June 29, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Last week, the Los Angeles Chapter of the USGBC stopped by for an informal hard hat tour. The group got up close and personal with the project, checking out all the ins and outs of the sustainable features.
- Being evaluated as over 40% better than California's strict Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards (this means a smaller monthly bill!)
- 20 kW solar electric array (power up your laptop with pure sun juice!)
- Dynamic double facade creates shade and buffers street noise while enabling ventilation
- Electric car charging for every unit
- Located in a walker's paradise (being car-dependent is so passe in LA!)
- Extensive bike storage (LA has one of the biggest emerging bike cultures in the nation, who knew?)
- Reclaimed Black Forest Walnut from Sinatra's Studio One
- Formaldehyde-free cabinets and flooring
- High efficiency air filtration (breathe clean air...a rarity in LA)
- Optimal natural ventilation
- Efficient lighting, including strategic use of LED lighting
- Abundant natural daylight
- Green, living, cooling roof (with crazy views of the city)
- Upgraded glass enhances thermal and sound insulation
- High recycled content and locally produced products
- Forest Stewardship Council certified wood (50% of all wood products)
- Reduced landfill waste by over 75%
- Reduced storm water runoff through groundbreaking under-sidewalk infiltration system
- Drought resistant native landscaping
- Energy star appliances
- Dual flush Toto Aquia II toilets
- Water-efficient fixtures
- Design for durability (like a good song, a green building can last forever)
- Double walls between units for sound insulation (and enhanced 'rockability')
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
(Excerpt from Yanko Design)
Cherokee Studios by REthink Development is a new soon to be completed project in Los Angeles boasting LEED Platinum certification. Huge Kudos to REthink since this is only 1 of 12 buildings in California to achieve that rating. The building won’t be completed until September ‘09 but I’m so giddy with excitement that I think REthink and whomever the land owners are should just let me move in. Better yet, lets open the Yanko Design Los Angeles branch in the building!
Through the years, the artists who recorded at Cherokee Studios gathered inspiration from the ones who were there before them. Whether it was Elton John sitting down to write his now unmistakable lyrics at the same piano in Studio One where Frank Sinatra once recorded, or Elliot Smith sleeping on the tracking room floor until final touches were made to his album where David Bowie tracked ‘Changes’, its legacy is a collection of stories, experiences, and the collection of creative spirits that make this musical landmark worth preserving.
Present : In August, 2007 Cherokee Studios officially closed its doors located at 751 N. Fairfax, with plans to once again usher in a new era of musical history. Los Angeles, a rock-n-roll Mecca for anyone with big dreams of making it big as a musician will soon be home to one of the most unique musical institutions in the world. Original Owner, Bruce Robb entrusted his beloved Cherokee Studios (on Fairfax) to the team at REthink Development, pioneers in green building and the renowned architectural design team at Pugh + Scarpa to ensure that “the vibe” at Cherokee Studios was preserved in this new endeavor.
Today, what once was an unassuming building in West Hollywood has been given a facelift, after all this is LA, and come September, 2009 will be unveiled as the Lofts @ Cherokee Studios. Continuing its impressive track record for winning awards, these 12 live/work lofts and 2,800 square feet of commercial space are slated to achieve LEED Platinum status, the highest level a building can receive in green construction.
The Lofts @ Cherokee Studios manifest the best in environmental efficiency mixed with a lot of Rock-n-Roll history. Amazing natural light, clean air, non toxic materials, and advanced green heating and cooling system all provide a healthy and productive environment in which to create. The five-story building also boasts a meticulously landscaped green “living roof” with incredible views of the Hollywood Hills. Dedicated in-home music production suites are built in to the Premium Penthouse lofts, as designed by renowned acoustician George Augspurger and Bruce Robb himself.
Future : The musical legacy of the original studios continues as the torch is being passed on to twelve new owners who will now occupy the space. The natural ventilation and renewable energy will breathe new life and creativity into the indoor environment, while the gold and platinum records that fill the lobby will serve as a reminder of the artists who once recorded there, and inspire the next generation of musicians and music lovers. It’s only a matter of time before the next Platinum album comes out of the Lofts @ Cherokee Studios.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Besides our rock star cast of designers, architects, and installation artists, REthink Development’s ‘Platinum Showcase’ at the Lofts @ Cherokee Studios is being made possible by an incredible and dynamic group of cutting edge vendors, who have each graciously donated their valuable time and resources to this unique endeavor. Our official ‘Platinum Showcase sponsors include:
LIMN Los Angeles proudly features rarified and carefully edited selections of furnishings from designers around the world. Spotlighting innovators such as William Sawaya & Luca Sacchetti to design legends such as Piero Lissoni & Ettore Sottsass.
Cisco Home is a leading Los Angeles-based sustainable furnishings company with six retail showrooms.
Livingreen provides materials and products for healthier homes and workspaces. Offering home furnishings and interior finish materials that are all natural, non-toxic, made of recycled content and energy efficient.
We look forward to the collaborative process between designers, vendors, and developers and cannot wait to unveil the finished ‘Platinum Showcase’ later this fall. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the exciting series of upcoming events scheduled for the month of September, feel free to contact us.