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.
Pine Avenue & 7th Street Perspective
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 the “Spruce 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.”
Queen Mary area
Bazaar’s modular structures
Temporary Globe Theater
Comparative Scale of the Westgate Tower
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.
Perspective along Pine Avenue
Plan of Roof