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Econo Lodging Patients

Washington state converts motel into coronavirus quarantine
While several countries around the world are developing national strategies to lessen the outbreak of COVID-19, otherwise known as a type of coronavirus, the United States has not yet developed a unified course of action. Washington state has been one of the most affected since the virus spread to America, leaving officials to devise short term, cost-effective solutions using preexisting resources. Health officials in King County, the most populous county in Washington, saw potential in converting a motel up for sale into a public health quarantine facility. The Econo Lodge in Kent, a city 20 miles south of Seattle, was purchased for $4 million to house up to 80 patients. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the former motel is set to be operational within the next week. The community leaders in Kent, however, have expressed their concerns about the sudden reuse of the motel as a quarantine facility without proper notification. “We have invested millions of dollars into the infrastructure around this location,” Kent Mayor Dana Ralph told the Los Angeles Times, “and now visitors and residents will be greeted by a public health quarantine facility.” The motel’s location across from Washington State Route 167, the main thoroughfare between Seattle and Kent, makes its presence in the city especially apparent. It has also been pointed out that while more cases were documented in nearby Kirkland, a wealthier city with a median income of $107,000, the lower-income city of Kent was chosen as a quarantine facility site given the relatively low property cost. “So we’re taking patients currently being exposed in the wealthier communities on the east side,” said Ralph, “and putting them down in the middle of our city. An affluent community honestly would have more resources to handle a potential disruption like this.” King County’s response to the coronavirus outbreak is a potential case study for how other regions across the United States might treat the virus in the coming months, suggesting a potential overlap between the country’s economic disparity and proposed solutions for public health crisis prevention. A “drive-through” method of early testing, on the other hand, is available to employees of the University of Washington’s UW Medicine department. According to NPR, a hospital garage lot has been quickly turned into a clinic by installing three well-ventilated medical tents, in which patients can be tested every five minutes. While this is currently limited to health care workers in the university’s health care system, it provides a model for larger-scale methods other sites across America can potentially adopt.
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Reservoir For A Dream

The new Silver Lake Reservoir Complex master plan keeps biodiversity in mind
The Silver Lake Reservoir is an unusual, yet integral, element of the Los Angeles landscape. According to an LA Times article from 1907, the year it was completed and became the largest fresh-water lake and water reserve in the city, the project was a rare piece of infrastructure that doubly served as a respite from the burgeoning city. “While this reservoir is to form a part of the city's greater water system,” the article reads, “it promises also to become a favorite resort for pleasure walks because of its delightful surroundings. Its gently sloping banks will be a park of themselves without the magic touch of a landscape gardener’s hand.” A chain-link fence has long kept the public at an arm’s length from the 81-acre water reserve to maintain the reservoir complex as part of the city’s drinking water supply. Though the reservoirs were decommissioned in response to changes in U.S. federal regulations in 2008, the chain link fence has since remained, leaving the vast majority of the site unoccupied. The Los Angeles Department of Water of Power (LADWP) has, in recent years, begun funding a master plan for the 114-acre site to be given back to the city as an uninterrupted parkland while maintaining a small number of facilities onsite. Landscape architecture firm Hargreaves Jones was selected as the lead consultant last year, along with the Glendale, California-based architecture firm Chee Salette as the local landscape architect, architect, and community liaison. After a number of community workshops, a single master plan was developed, the combination of three prior iterations that envisions the site as a new hybrid; one that opens up the site for community placemaking while making room for natural habitats for the local biodiversity that includes birds and small terrestrial animals. The master plan removes the barrier between the lake and the walking path to introduce elements including wetland terraces, observational platforms, a flyover bridge, and an outdoor classroom to educate the public on the site’s nonhuman residents, which will, in turn, receive floating habitat islands, renewed coastal scrub, and two restored woodlands. A new multi-purpose room and set of recreational facilities, including a basketball court and playfield, will be joined together on the southern part of the site. A final community workshop is planned for the end of May to solidify the master plan’s details.
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Out And About Droughts

Space Saloon, Designers on Holiday will host design festival addressing California’s water scarcity
The organizers of camp residency programs Space Saloon and Designers on Holiday have announced the launch of DeSaturated, an eight-day design-build festival in California’s Cuyama Valley, a two-hour drive north of Los Angeles. With the rugged high desert landscape as its backdrop, the “community-in-residence” program will draw attention to the state's water scarcity. “Water shapes life," its website states, “yet access to this resource is neither equitable nor just. Wildfires, droughts and severe floods have strained the state of California in the last decade, pointing out the limitations of territorial development that impose market logics on scarce and fragile resources.” With participation from designers, artists, and researchers across the globe, DeSaturated will become a temporary think tank to investigate the state’s precarious relationship with water through site-specific building projects and hands-on educational workshops led by firms including Folly Feast Lab, Lauren MacDonald, Definitely Not Architecture, and NNASA. An office ca-led workshop titled Building Without Water, for example, will invite participants to experiment with bioplastics designed for low-cost 3D printing as alternatives to water-intensive building materials, while another led by Daniele Frazier, The Sound of Rain, will recall the history of the rain stick as a musical instrument used during droughts to produce an audio/visual meditation on the desaturated land. The projects that result from the festival will collectively articulate the impact and cultural significance of California’s water scarcity crisis “in all its shades and forms.” Previous iterations of the two organizers’ respective festivals have taken on a wide variety of educational themes, including scientific field research, materiality, and the nature of hands-on education itself. Participants will stay on the campus of Blue Sky Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting creative initiatives that will improve the creative and economic resources of the Cuyama Valley. DeSaturated will take place from May 23 to 31.
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Building (Tiny) Bridges

San Jose debuts tiny house community for the homeless
Over three years in the making, a San Jose, California, pilot community composed of 40 ultra-tiny houses that will provide temporary shelter to Californians transitioning out of homelessness. Dubbed the Mabury Bridge Housing Project, the village is located on a vacant parcel of land owned by the Valley Transit Authority and is one of two tiny house clusters planned for California’s third most populous city. The second community, located on Caltrans-owned land, is slated to open to residents later this year. Like the rest of California, San Jose, the county seat of wildly affluent Santa Clara County and the de facto capital of Silicon Valley, is in the midst of a homelessness epidemic. As of January 2019, the number of people sleeping in their cars, on the streets, and in shelters within San Jose city limits had increased by 42 percent to 6,172 when compared to 2017 when the last Department of Housing and Urban Development-mandated homelessness census was taken. The current number is likely higher. Built by a small army of Habitat for Humanity volunteers at a cost of $6,500 each, the micro-homes—or “emergency sleeping cabins,” as San Jose officials have dubbed them—measure a mere 80-square-feet, and two are slightly larger to accommodate residents with disabilities. Each single-occupancy living space is equipped with air conditioning/heating units, a twin bed, desk, and shelving. Laundry, shower, and storage facilities are located on-site along with a shared kitchen and ample communal space for socializing and stretching out. A community garden and resource center equipped with computers and job boards are also available to residents. The compound, which includes on-site parking, staff offices, and around-the-clock security, is fenced-in to “control foot traffic in and out of the site,” according to the pilot website. HomeFirst, a San Jose-based nonprofit dedicated to lifting people out of homelessness, is the community’s operator and provides residents with resources beyond temporary housing including healthcare assistance and career training. Residents at Mabury Bridge Housing Project are limited to 60-day stays as they continue down the path to self-sufficiency with the ultimate goal of securing permanent housing. As the Mercury News explained, the “unconventional” community located off of Mabury Road in the shadow of the Bayshore Freeway and opposite the yet-to-open Berryessa BART station to the northeast of downtown San Jose, “offers a mix of stability and compassion for those trying to stay afloat in spite of the region’s chronic shortage of affordable housing.” The Mercury News explained that officials aim to house roughly 120 permanent housing-seeking residents each year, rotating 40 people out—and into permanent housing—every four months. San Jose Inside also noted that two residents have already moved on to permanent housing since the community first opened. Yet at the grand opening ceremony in late February, an event attended by California Governor Gavin Newsom and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, only eight of the community’s 40 cabins were occupied due to restrictions, including background checks, placed on eligible residents, who must be part of Santa Clara County’s rapid rehousing voucher program and actively be seeking permanent housing. Although the community has only been open for a little over a month, there’s been an early struggle in finding qualified people in need to populate the community. “People get lost in the system,” Jacky Morales-Ferrand, housing director for the City of San Jose, told the Mercury News. “And, that’s actually one of the benefits of creating these interim sites, because as we create housing opportunities for people to move in, we know that we can connect them very quickly.” In total, the pilot program on Mabury Road cost roughly $2 million, a sum that includes the 40 volunteer-built cabins, site development, and building out the community’s various support structures. “It's a question of scale. It's a question of capacity. It’s a question of resolve, and so I just want you to know that we are resolved to scale programs like this,” said Newsom at the grand opening of the community. “The state vision to solve this crisis will be realized at the local level, project by project.”
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K-Town Cluster

Art Deco garage incorporated into mixed-use complex in L.A.’s Koreatown
On the corner of 8th and Western in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Koreatown is a peculiarly-shaped building awash in the signage of Korean-owned businesses. In 1931, several decades before Koreatown was officially established, the building was opened to the public as the Pellissier Square Garage, an Art Deco structure designed by Morgan, Walls & Clements to provide miscellaneous services for the city’s burgeoning car culture. The building’s stepped facade, designed to draw attention from passersby, lends the building a unique street presence that is currently obscured and neglected. It was recently revealed that the unusual building will be incorporated into a mixed-use development, named 8th & Western, designed by KTGY Architecture + Planning (KTGY), and developed by Jamison Properties, LLP. “The new complex reflects the history and future of its vibrant Koreatown surroundings,” KTGY associate Principal Keith McCloskey said in a press statement. “The existing parking garage is among some of the oldest reinforced concrete garages in the City. The new, mixed-use building improves, restores and re-uses it, connecting it with sleek, new apartments and retail, while adding generous rooftop amenities atop the historic building.” More specifically, the original building will have a rooftop pool and a screening room and VR room on its ground floor, while the new building will provide 230 apartment units and 13,300 square feet of retail. The two buildings will be linked via a new pedestrian bridge and roof terrace. KTGY and Jamison Properties are working with local historic consultants to preserve the original building’s signature Art Deco ornamentation, while the new building will incorporate those elements in a darker color palette. “Although the new building is contemporary in style,” explained McCloskey, “the vertical balcony slots with angled planes help to capture some of the vertical quality of the surrounding Art Deco history. The result is a fusion of new and old, reflecting one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in Los Angeles.” 8th & Western is scheduled to open in 2022.
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Second Skin

Ennead and Bora Architects’s Knight Campus takes shape with a double-glass facade
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The University of Oregon’s Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is one of the most significant expansions to the Eugene campus following the construction of OFFICE 52’s Tykeson Hall and Hacker Architect’s Berwick Hall. The project is a collaboration between design architect Ennead Architects and architect-of-record Bora Architects, with Thornton Tomasetti acting as facade consultant, and will enclose state-of-the-art research facilities with a double-skin of fritted glass and an Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) membrane. The campus expansion began in March 2018 with the groundbreaking of the 160,000-square-foot first phase structure (which came with a $225-million price tag); the total budget for the campaign is approximately $1 billion. This initial phase consists of two, four-story L-shaped towers centered around a shared courtyard, which is connected to the rest of the campus to the south by a pedestrian bridge spanning over Franklin Boulevard.
  • Facade Manufacturer Ferguson Neudorf Glass / Nupress Group Dow Corning Interpane Shanghai North Glass PPG
  • Architect Ennead Architects Bora Architects (architect-of-record)
  • Facade Installer Ferguson Neudorf Glass
  • Facade Consultant Thornton Tomasetti
  • Location Eugene, OR
  • Date of Completion Fall 2020
  • System Custom unitized aluminum and glass curtain wall with a custom patch supported laminated glass rain screen
  • Products Interpane Ipasol Ultraselect 62/29 on low-iron monolithic glass substrate with varying frit densities
Unitized glass curtain walls are the primary facade element for the complex, a feature allowing for significant outward views but proving less than ideal conditions of research work within. To mitigate issues with solar gain and thermal performance, the design team introduced a double-skin consisting of folded and fritted glass, which they cite as being inspired by water cascading over rock formations. “The cascading glass facade provides shading for the building’s double-height research spaces, which were designed to facilitate interdisciplinary exchange,” said Ennead Architects associate principal Jarrett Pelletier. “This fritted glass screen is intended to help improve the energy performance of the facade and thermal comfort of the interior spaces by reducing solar heat gain as well as reducing glare.” There are two typical sizes for the triangular single-pane glass panels: 7' x 13'6" and 7' x 10'6" which respectively weigh just over 800 and 600 pounds each. The glass screen is hung off of steel outriggers which are dead loaded from the roof slab with tension rods—they are in turn laterally braced to the unitized curtain wall by stainless steel wind struts tied to anchor brackets embedded within vertical interlock of the mullions. Construction of the project has proceeded at a rapid pace since 2018 and required a detailed program of installation sequencing for the facade. The system of outriggers ensures that each panel of the cascading glass screen can be easily set following the full installation of the unitized rain screen. Additionally, according to Thornton Tomasetti senior project director Morgan Reynolds, “this system also presented a major challenge in developing the load path to properly distribute and transfer the forces from the laminated glass rain screen through the curtain wall system and back to the base building structure during a seismic event.” The first phase of the Knight Campus expansion is scheduled to be complete in Fall 2020. Ennead associate principal Jarrett Pelletier and Thornton Tomasetti senior project director Moran Reynolds will co-present the Knight Campus expansion at Facades+ Portland on July 21 as part of the “Futuristic Skins: Complex Secondary Skins” panel.  
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Top Dog Trojans

USC Architecture appoints Doris Sung, Alvin Huang as program directors
The University of Southern California (USC) School of Architecture has announced the appointment of its newest program directors: Effective May 16, 2020, associate professor Doris Sung will serve as director of Undergraduate Programs, and associate professor Alvin Huang serving as the director of Graduate & Post-Professional Architecture Programs. As program directors, Sung and Huang will oversee the academic aspects of USC Architecture’s existing and developing programs, working closely with the school’s dean, administrators, faculty, and students to steer future programming. “I’m excited to announce the appointments of Doris and Alvin as new program directors,” wrote Milton S. F. Curry, dean of USC Architecture, in a press statement. “They both bring a wealth of professional and academic design and research experience to these leadership positions and I am confident that they will elevate our undergraduate and graduate architecture programs to new levels.” Sung joined the USC Architecture faculty in 2006 after holding teaching appointments at SCI-Arc, the University of Colorado, and the Catholic University of America. She is also the founder of Los Angeles-based DO-SU Studio Architecture, which has won numerous awards since opening in 1991. Guided by a belief in the potential for buildings to be more sensitive to the changing environment, Sung’s research highlights the convergence between active systems and sustainable design. She is currently developing smart ‘thermobimetals’ with the ability to automatically self-ventilate, self-shade, self-structure, self-assemble, and self-propel in response to temperature changes. She received her M.Arch from Columbia University and her B.A. in architecture from Princeton University. Huang is the founder and design principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA). An alumnus of USC Architecture, he joined the faculty in 2011. His work spans multiple scales and forms, but retains a focus on the integrated application of material performance, emergent design technologies, and digital fabrication. He received his M.Arch from the Architectural Association and his B.Arch from USC.
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Cool Blade Runnings

NeueHouse opens stylish third location in L.A.’s Bradbury Building
NeueHouse, a high-end workspace and cultural event center rivaling the likes of Soho House and Second Home, found instant success in 2015 after breathing new life into the former CBS Studios Building, a sleek modernist structure in the center of Hollywood designed by modernist architect William Lescaze. The company became bicoastal with the opening of its second location within a former auction house in Manhattan’s Flatiron District from the 1930s. For their third location, NeueHouse returned to the West Coast with perhaps their most impressive adaptive reuse yet; the entire second floor of the Bradbury Building, Downtown Los Angeles’s first commercial structure. Designed by Sumner B. Hunt and constructed by George H. Wyman, the building’s unassuming facade belies the five-story atrium that reached global fame from its role in movies from Blade Runner to Double Indemnity. A seat along NeueHouse Bradbury’s new interior balcony space affords an ideal view of that atrium, accessible from a marble flight of stairs with wooden banisters carved to resemble foliage. From this privileged position, one can also see the valiant efforts made by DesignAgency, the Los Angeles and Toronto-based studio responsible for leading the design of NeueHouse Bradbury, to incorporate the stylish company into the 127-year-old structure. “What [DesignAgency has] designed and realized for us at Bradbury is truly incredible,” said NeueHouse CEO Josh Wyatt, “and a wonderful testament to the art of repurposing a historic, architectural gem for the future needs of the creative class.” Check out the full conversion on our interiors and design website,
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Ahmanson Amending Aid

Ahmanson Foundation severs ties with LACMA over redevelopment
The banker and financier Howard F. Ahmanson has been synonymous with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) since the Ahmanson Foundation helped launch the museum’s move to a dedicated new home in 1965 (the institution spun off from the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art in 1961). His foundation, established in 1952, has since donated over $130 million worth of European Old Master works—from the likes of artists including Jacques-Louis David, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and Rembrandt van Rijn—and has shaped LACMA’s global identity as an encyclopedic institution that attracts over one million visitors annually. After providing support to LACMA for over a half century, the Ahmanson Foundation announced that it will discontinue gifting art to the museum. Foundation president and LACMA trustee William H. Ahmanson expressed that his foundation has not been properly informed about how the artwork it has donated will be exhibited in the Peter Zumthor-designed redevelopment of the museum campus when it is scheduled to open in 2024. “I’m disappointed because the new building does nothing for future growth and it’s going to limit how we collect as well as those who may want to donate collections,” Ahmanson told The Art Newspaper. After years of ambiguity on the subject, and given that the new building will have fewer square feet dedicated to gallery space than the four buildings it is replacing, it was discovered that more space will be dedicated to rotating exhibitions than the institution’s own permanent collection, much of which includes work donated to the museum by the Ahmanson Foundation. With a significant portion of the collection locked away in storage, in other words, the foundation reportedly saw little reason to continue donating artwork it feels should be proudly on display. According to the Los Angeles Times, LACMA director Michael Govan has responded by expressing that a misunderstanding had taken place, and that the new building will devote exhibition space to artwork donated by the organization. “We are immensely grateful for the Foundation’s long-standing generosity to LACMA,” he stated, “and look forward to featuring the gifts from the Ahmanson Foundation as soon as we have completed our new galleries, just four years from now.” While the Ahmanson Foundation‘s seminal relationship with the museum is coming to an end, other donors will be featured more prominently in the redevelopment, including film studio executive and philanthropist David Geffen, who pledged $150 million to the museum in 2017—the largest single cash gift from an individual in its history. LACMA has also compiled a series of videos of other supporters, including Dean of USC Architecture Milton Curry, British sculptor Thomas Houseago, and several Miracle Mile residents. Demolition of the original LACMA buildings is currently underway, leaving precious little time for activist organizations such as Save LACMA to stymie the museum’s plans for redevelopment.
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Open House San Diego announces largest architecture tour yet
Open House San Diego (OHSD), the annual architecture and urban design event hosted by the San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF), will take place this year from March 6 to 8. Now celebrating its fifth year of operation in the city, the free event was founded by San Diego-native Susanne Friestedt as the third city in America to be included in the official Open House Worldwide program following New York and Chicago. OHSD is a rare opportunity to see nearly 100 of the area’s world-famous sites—including the Louis Kahn-designed Salk Institute and, for the first time this year, the Hotel Del Coronado—alongside its lesser-known sites of local significance in neighborhoods including Downtown San Diego, Bankers Hill, Balboa Park, Barrio Logan, Point Loma, and La Jolla. A major feature of this year’s Open House San Diego will be the work of Irving Gill, a turn-of-the-century architect whose minimalist reinterpretations of the local mission-style architecture were among the very first modernist structures in Southern California. “His buildings, once so avant-garde, have eased seamlessly into the San Diego landscape, simply because they were designed to fit here,” the event guide reads. While SDAF will provide tours of his work in the neighborhoods of Bankers Hill and La Jolla, the official Irving Gill Walking Tour will guide visitors through a cluster of his buildings in Coronado that show off the architect’s wide stylistic palette. The Hotel Del Coronado is another prominent addition to this year’s offerings. The 132-year-old National Historic Landmark is one of the largest Queen Anne Victorian buildings in the country and is currently subject to a new master plan that will add over 140 guest accommodations and a new conference center. Kathy Breedlove, the master plan communications director and SDAF vice president will provide a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic preservation efforts underway. Other highlights of this year’s open house include the Craftsman-style Truax Lofts, the recently renovated Balboa Theatre movie palace, and the Shayan House, San Diego’s first LEED Gold-certified house, designed by Nakhshab Development & Design in 2012. The SDAF website has the full list of participating sites.
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Plant Prefab completes its first smart accessory dwelling unit
Plant Prefab, a Southern California-based construction company specializing in prefabricated residential design, completed the first accessory dwelling unit (ADU) designed by its in-house design studio. Named LivingHome 10, the ADU was first unveiled during this year’s Modernism Week in downtown Palm Springs and was shown to the tens of thousands of visitors that attended the 10-day event. LivingHome 10 was unveiled a year after Plant Prefab commissioned industrial designer Yves Béhar to design the LivingHome YB1, a fully-customizable ADU. While the lowest asking price for YB1 was over $296,000 when it was first debuted, LivingHome 10 is nearly half the price at $154,000. With a mere 496 square feet of interior living space, the modestly-sized ADU tucks storage away using built-in furniture with concealed handles that make them imperceptible upon first glance. The self-contained living space includes a full-sized kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom large enough for a queen-sized bed, and a living room that spills out into an optional deck via a multi-slide glass entry. Smart home technology features are embedded throughout the home, including Sense Energy Monitoring, Lutron Smart Dimmers, and a voice-controlled smart home system from Amazon that will become a standard feature in every subsequent LivingHome model. “Following our investment in Plant Prefab last year," said David Jackson, director of Smart Home at Amazon, “we are delighted to continue collaborating with Plant Prefab to deliver convenient smart home experiences in every LivingHome. From the day they move in, homeowners can rely on Alexa to help make daily household tasks more convenient, offer peace of mind while at home or away, and more.” LivingHome 10 is among the first produced by the Plant Prefab to employ its Plant Building System (PBS), a patented method for prefabricating residences using a combination of modular units and a panelized construction system known as ‘Plant Panels.’ These panels are designed to be assembled like building blocks and include electrical, plumbing and finish materials along with framing and insulation. According to the company, the PBS system provides greater design flexibility than previous prefabrication systems, but can also lower overall costs while reducing building time and construction waste. And unlike traditional modular construction, which limits transportation and installation options by assembling the entire home offsite, the PBS system transports living spaces separate from plumbing and mechanical cores to allow ADUS to be delivered and assembled in more restrictive spaces.
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Schoolhouse Rock

Controversial UC Berkeley Enclave Dormitories scheduled to open this fall
While the dormitory typology is often at the mercy of a university’s campus-wide aesthetic, some manage to beat the odds and defiantly stand apart. In 2012, Ken Sarachan presented his vision for a vacant lot on Berkeley, California’s tourist-laden Telegraph Avenue: A seven-story, 14,000-square-foot student housing building with what can be best described as a Middle Earth-style facade. Sarachan had many influences, including the architecture of Italian hill towns, Tibetan forts and the rock-cut architecture of Petra in Jordan, and he commissioned local architect Kirk Peterson to produce a set of renderings to match that vision, with the name El Jardin (The Garden, in Spanish). Needless to say, the design bears little resemblance to the vernacular architecture of the Bay Area, nor any of the buildings on the University of California, Berkeley campus the dormitory would serve. Construction on the rusticated 254-bed dormitory finally began in October 2018, following the addition of local firm LCA Architects to the project team. “Telegraph Avenue is struggling, and this lot is at the core, the geographic center, of our district,” Stuart Baker of the Telegraph Business Improvement district told Berkeleyside two years ago. “We are thrilled as to what this building means for the avenue: It’s kind of wild. It’s certainly not the minimalist stuff you see being built all over Berkeley.” The scaffolding was removed last week, revealing what looks like a caricatured relic of a fictional village. Sarachan was well aware of the controversy its presence may cause. “People will be talking about [the building] a year from now,” he recently told Berkeleyside. “They’re not going to stop talking about it. Everyone who walks down the street will have an opinion.” The highly-detailed ornamentation includes architecturally integrated design features, such as the rock-like façade on the lower level of the building evoking a hill town carved out of stone. The project also features numerous public art elements located on the building’s façade, including five niches containing colorful mosaics by Kori Girard and two large-scale suspended sculptural light fixtures by Rebecca Anders. These art projects were developed under the guidance of Karen Eichler, an independent art consultant who managed the public art elements for the project in order to fulfill the City of Berkeley’s requirement for public art on private development, which gives artists a chance to contribute to public projects. The project remains under construction and is scheduled to be complete in September, just in time for the university’s 2020 fall semester to begin.