Michael W. Folonis Architects is pleased to announce the firm was awarded three AIA Design Awards from the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture.
The projects include the Deli-Loop, a delicatessen and cafe in Ensenada, Mexico, the West Hills Medical Office Building renovation, and a Mixed-Use apartment building located at 1415 5th Street in Santa Monica.
The Deli-Loop is located in the resort town of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. The Deli-Loop was conceived as three separate programmatic elements, all under one roof: Café, a Gourmet Delicatessen and Food Preparation. The delicatessen houses a wine bar, bakery, deli service and a coffee bar. The food preparation area is composed of a bakery, kitchen, back of house and storage.
The client's program called for the complete exterior facade renovation of a five-story 60-era's medical office building. The modest budget required an innovative and creative design solution that exceeded the client's expectations. A large portion of the construction budget was dedicated to removal of the existing horizontal plaster awnings that were structurally compromised due to water infiltration. Working with Structurflex, the architects devised a lightweight aluminum structure covered with a textile composite mesh. The resulting design is a dramatic floating skin, which serves as a privacy and sun screen for the building's existing windows. Bold strokes of paint reinforce and enhance the design concept, completing the dynamic transformation of the facade while maintaining the construction budget.
The 64 unit mixed-use apartment is located in downtown Santa Monica. The design takes a unique approach to the city’s planning and zoning code. The city calls for a set back above the third floor. In calculating the required step back, the team determined it to be an amount of 212,000 cubic feet. The design redistributes the 212,000 cubic feet by pushing back the entrance at the ground floor and punching a large hole in the building façade. The design incorporates a movable panel system, allowing tenants to regulate the amount of light filtering into their space. The permeable facade provides natural light and ventilation to the residential core. The building establishes an eloquent and dynamic pedestrian interaction
that further activates the urban life of the area.