On a major intersection of Downtown Long Beach an adaptive reuse of an industrial building was conceived to be converted into a retail area at the street level, and two lofts above it. Solar collectors were designed to provide electricity while serving as a site-specific artwork at the same time.

Queen Mary Development Area

The 50-acre area adjacent to the Queen Mary in Long Beach is mostly used for parking on surface. It includes a dome designed by Buckminster Fuller, originally created to display Howard Hughes’ H-4 Hercules mammoth airplane known as theSpruce Goose, and partially used as customs for cruise tourism.

We were first commissioned to design a temporary Shakespeare’s Globe Theater to last for five years. Following its design we dealt with several developers willing to invest in the area. To set a quantifiable direction, we created a Master Plan which included an international “bazaar,” a restaurants’ promenade, a floating lobby for the Queen Mary, parking structures and a “Westgate Tower,” to function as a West Coast “Statue of Liberty.”

Newberry Building

The adaptive reuse of what was once the Newberry retail store includes a a bookstore, a terrace cafe with direct access from the street and a small design hotel.