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The Streets
Long Beach, CA
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An Overlooked Part of Downtown Long Beach was Revitalized into a Mixed-Use District for Residents and Visitors to Enjoy
Project Details

Location

Long Beach, CA

Practice Theme

Building Community + Place, Renewing the Public Realm

What We Did

Adaptive Re-Use, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Community + Culture, Architecture

Size

350,000 sq. ft.
The Streets is a 350,000-square-foot urban, pedestrian-oriented shopping and restaurant destination in the heart of Downtown Long Beach. 

 

Studio One Eleven created a design that crafted the center toward becoming a creative, innovative and vibrant mixed-use district. The first phase of the project focused on the areas located on Third Street, between Pine Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard and Promenade North, south of Fourth Street.

 

Harvey Milk Park also played a key role in the development of the new district. As a tribute to the LGBTQ activist with its namesake, Harvey Milk Park was transformed into a space that is open and welcoming to the community around it. The landscape improvement is intended to fully utilize the space through multi-functional seating areas, new hard-scape, site furnishings, lighting, trees, and drought tolerant planting design. The centerpiece of the park is Equality Plaza, which commemorates Milk and includes plaques with the names of local LGBTQ leaders on its Memorial Wall. The plaza includes a concrete replica of the famous “Soapbox” Milk stood on to inspire crowds when he spoke and was re-envisioned as an active gathering space centered around an historic WPA mural.

 

As an anchor business in the new development, Studio One Eleven opened their new creative office there, which ultimately spurred the redevelopment of the entire center. The office was designed to create an invigorating yet functional environment that befits the firm culture. The design removes all but one private office, crafting a space where teams can share one collaborative, creative, open space. Scattered amid the office are break-out rooms that act as collaborative pods for meetings. A mezzanine wraps the perimeter of the interior space, creating a “bridgewalk” overlook with lounges, workspaces and pin-up zones. The entire space is programmed with elements including: hospitality kitchen, open work clusters, idea lounges, flex offices, a community room, material library, shower and lockers, and outdoor patios.

The project builds on the foundation of the previous development to create an urban environment that integrates into downtown Long Beach. The project will gradually repurpose the eight-block area into a vibrant mixed-use district featuring a hub of great restaurants, businesses, and retail for the residents of Long Beach to enjoy.

2017

Honorable Mention, Architects newspaper Best of Design Awards ‘Workplace Interior’

AIA Long Beach/South Bay Design Award

USGBC 1st Place in Health + Wellbeing

USGBC Project of the Year

Honoree “Firm’s Own Office” Interior Design Magazine Best of the Year Awards

Huge student housing complex coming to Downtown Long Beach

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Dowtown Long Beach’s City Place sheds name – Aims to be focal point of the street

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Changes on the way for Mixed-Use District in Downtwon Long Beach

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New Restaurants, business planned for Downtown Long Beach’s City Place

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