The Westside Urban Forum honored two projects designed by Santa Monica architect Michael W. Folonis at its annual awards celebration this summer.
The Seventh Street Project, a mixed-use development planned for the west side of Seventh Street, between Santa Monica Boulevard and Broadway in Santa Monica, received an honor award in the Urban Infill category.
The Ocean Park Housing Project, which is completed and located on the northeast corner of Ocean Park Boulevard and Second Street in Santa Monica, received an honorable mention from the Westside Urban Forum.
Forum officials cited the Seventh Street Project as a “highly innovative solution” to designing mixed-use on a busy transit corridor. The 50,000-square-foot building includes 48 apartments, 2,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, ground-level parking, and two levels of subterranean parking for tenant use.
A glass and metal frame screen along the street-side elevation adds a dynamic quality to the building faÁade and differentiates the project from typical multi-family developments, according to the forum. The screen serves as privacy device and a sunscreen for the expansive windows along each apartment unit, and many of the individual panes in the screen are operable by residents.
The Ocean Park Housing Project was acknowledged by the Westside Urban Forum as a “striking multifamily development along a busy boulevard,” with an innovative approach to massing and transparency. The project has a non-connecting pitched roof line, an indoor-outdoor connection, and amenities similar to those of single-family homes, including private outdoor space.
Folonis’s work has been published nationally and internationally, and is recognized for carrying on the legacy of modernist exploration within the Southern California region, said a Folonis spokeman. His firm, Michael W. Folonis, FAIA and Associates, was founded in 1983 and is celebrating 25 years of service this year.
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