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Nearly a decade prior, TRWurster built an elaborate structure for a luxe client in the Huntington Palisades which served to be a case study in BIM modeling and coordination. The project was a stunning success, and the design, fit, and finish is of the highest caliber.
While TRW was performing some estate maintenance along with design-building elements of a refreshed Golf Simulator with the unique ability to convert to a Theater at the touch of a button and crafting upgrades to the existing gym, the client advised TRW/ADC that there were operational deficiencies that needed resolution. Front yard security needed to be enhanced, the existing landscape and hardscape left much to be desired, and a generator and battery storage were needed. Onsite parking circulation was poor at best and also needed to be developed.

The client faced numerous operational deficiencies on their property, including poor security in the front yard, inadequate landscape and hardscape, lack of generator and battery storage, and inefficient on-site parking circulation. These issues were hindering their overall living experience and property functionality.

Imagine feeling unsafe in your own front yard, struggling with lackluster outdoor spaces, dealing with parking chaos daily, and constantly worrying about power outages. These shortcomings can take a toll on your peace of mind and quality of life.

TRW/ADC utilized innovative solutions such as point cloud data and BIM modeling to address all these concerns effectively. When adding a unique water feature the connection between the distant ocean horizon and the immediate front yard was strengthened to further enhance and improve the day to day living experience and to maximize the entry sequence. By implementing a new driveway program, enhanced security measures, improved landscape design, and creative underground living space concepts, ADC transformed the unused area into a functional and aesthetically pleasing environment. With minimal lagging and shoring, the front yard could be captured for subterranean utility, parking, and living needs. Schematic studies of the proposed basement presented the opportunity for a fashion themed program and a sports themed program; both space utilizations connected to the new water feature as an acrylic skylight with unexpected views to the sky through the elegant water feature above. Hidden vehicle lifts in the driveway were proposed to add additional on site parking for the growing family in an unused subterranean space.

With TRW/ADC’s expertise, the client’s upgraded property offers enhanced security, beautiful outdoor spaces, efficient parking solutions, and additional living amenities—all seamlessly integrated to improve their daily living experience.

Flex Garage

How do you squeeze 4 motorcycles, 4 bicycles, and everything you might find in a garage attic into a existing 2 car garage with flat 7′ ceilings while leaving room for a workshop, an overflow area for entertaining, a media center, while still being sure to leave room for an occasional jam session or a conference/training event? A vaulted ceiling squeezed up underneath the existing roof envelope with 4 electric winches opened up enough floor space to allow the garage to comfortably house all of the vehicles while allowing ample storage space for several bicycles and an attic storage mezzanine. Custom cabinetry creates a environment friendly for a functional and practical workspace which also doubles as an excellent platform for entertaining. A durable and easy to clean epoxy floor allows the space to polish up quickly for alternate use, ductless heating and cooling makes the space a lot more comfortable when the space is being utilized for something other than a parking garage. From concept to completion, this bespoke solution for the necessary function of vehicle storage while allowing infinite possibilities to add temporary bonus space to a small home has proven to serve the needs of its occupants in delightful way!

The Canopy on Robertson

The natural world reveals sustainable patterns of resilience, efficiency, and peace. Why have humans, a creature endowed with the ability to transform landscape as a responsible steward, chosen to dominate the environment and each other? Within the loom of the urban fabric which defines Los Angeles we see rinsed and repeated development schemas, many such efforts producing domineering and inconsiderate results. With manifest destinies driven by financial motive and/or bureaucratic confines, we see sections of the city frequently slashed and burned, wastefully demolishing what may have been worthwhile in the name of development which is often repackaged and imposed upon those around and those within. The Canopy on Robertson challenges these undesirable results, providing an improved redevelopment option to repurpose the parcels which they occupy in a sustainable and considerate manner while providing an elevated occupancy experience to those within.

The Robertson Corridor offers unique zoning aspects not commonly found in other areas of the city – as an artery leading to the heart of West Los Angeles this thoroughfare provides a level of convenience and access not commonly attainable. Rather than surrendering to the cliché of mixed-use behemoths which consolidate ownership and strip occupants of freedom by boxing them into the constraints of fixed units belonging to a single entity, The Canopy on Robertson provides a unique use case to repurpose 3 contiguous lots which share an optimal location and sweeping city views.

Leveraging innovative material choices, the structure of each new building erects onto a completed foundation in less than a week, prefabricated building components closely coordinated with the Building Information Models on which they are based ensure a precise and rapid construction sequence. Integrated green features and water features are employed to provide occupants a connection with these primary elements of nature at varying elevations of the structures. Each structure contains their own rooftop pool and outdoor living space which have been carefully oriented to maximize the panoramic skyline which they share which offer an excellent vista of Los Angeles landmarks notable from one perspective including the towering Downtown cityscape, snowcapped mountains, the Hollywood Sign, Miracle Mile, and The Sunset Strip, among other objects of enduring interest.

Malibu Beachfront Deck

ADC was procured to reinvent a Malibu Beachfront Deck that needed structural repairs. The structure was carefully retrofitted and repaired and a new deck plan was implemented including Ipe finishes, a custom trellis, a thoughtful glass windscreen, cable railings with integrated lighting, and custom subdeck and above deck planters. All of these features were nicely executed and thoughtfully placed to maximize the stunning view of the Malibu Pier and surrounding oceanscape and landscape to create an outdoor living space that has brought years and delight and enjoyment to our client!

Sunswept

The Owners of this Sherman Oaks hillside home recently purchased the traditional residence with modern updates which flipped from a developer into their possession. The husband and wife team who are artists in film and music had a sense of the modern trajectory for their project. ADC designed a fascinating motorized gate system which included a 1,800lb rolling steel vehicle gate which was strategically louvered at an angle to maximize privacy while maintaining linear form and maximizing the interplay of daylight shadowing which transforms the size and proportion of the space as the sun travels east to west daily. The pedestrian gate was strategically punctuated with laser-cut steel panels to provide glimpses of the hilltop view behind and a backlit address to signal the entry sequence. As the sun falls the pilasters come alive as the columns were specially designed to enclose light channels at all corners to provide the sensation of an exploding box with light pouring out of the seams, creating the effect of heavy metal rectilinear structures floating upon the hill building anticipation of what lies behind. The lighting system integrated with the client’s home control system to provide limitless possibilities in color and programming to create special effects for the savvy clients who enjoy manipulating light, sound, and color on a daily basis within their residence.

Thousand Oaks

The Client was starting up a new business with a sense of urgency, his former employer closed unexpectedly so he secured a space a few doors down on Thousand Oaks Blvd strip mall where he would transition from being a staff member to a proprietor. ADC was engaged to produce a working design that would set this Barber Shop above and beyond the competition to retain the existing client base in a comfortable and pleasing environment while attracting new clientele.

With a specific budget parameter, ADC went to work carefully proportioning the tenant improvement of the 250 square foot space to allow for 3 barber chairs, a waiting area, retail display, a cash wrap workstation, a bathroom, and a back of house break and storage area. MEP systems needed to be redesigned and reworked to accommodate the needs of the shop, custom millwork and furnishings were designed. All of this function was squeezed thoughtfully into the space using clean modern aesthetic principals and materials which harken references to barber shops of old. Mirrors were used prolifically to provide a sense of an enlarged space while providing function that the stylists need while working with clients.

ADC completed the design, entitlements, and in conjunction with T. R. Wurster Construction the construction start to finish in 10 weeks, within budget, during COVID. A limited Phase 1 of the design and construction has been completed, the Owner plans to complete the design in a second phase of construction once the business is established.

Telephone Building Penthouse Conference Room

ADC was invited to the penthouse office of the historic Telephone Building in Santa Monica. Rios Clementi Hale refreshed and updated the building a few years prior, the tenant occupying the magnificent roof deck were left with a mechanical room in the center of the spacious rooftop deck that hadn’t been addressed within the scope of the renovation which wasn’t useful or aesthetically pleasing. Identifying and leveraging the desirable aspects of the existing structure, ADC transformed this existing space into a magnificent conference room with expansive views of the ocean and city on 3 faces which opened up to the roof deck terrace facing the offices on the 4th face with an operable window wall. Custom fenestration adhered to minimal structural components was designed to maximize views while working within the constraints of the existing building, bespoke provisions for hidden motorized shades, lighting, and low voltage systems were included in the renovation to transform this space from an unsightly shell of an abandoned mechanical room to the brilliant hub of this incredible rooftop office facility.

June Cabana

ADC was engaged by a discerning client who wanted to add a poolside outdoor living space to their spacious and historic estate built in 1929 in Hancock Park. The area needed to complement the existing Spanish architecture while providing the bustling family and their guests with a outdoor space for relaxation and entertainment. ADC collaborated with the client to develop the design, procure the entitlements, and TRWurster built the structure and self-performed most of the work. For those items that TRWurster could not effectively perform in house ADC managed the remainder of the procurement and installation to help the client complete the project in an efficient and cost-effective way. An open cabana with exposed beam ceilings was conceived including a fireplace, outdoor television, lounge, and eating area; open countertops provide the perfect poolside back drop to build memories of friends and family during those delightful California evenings!

Sorrento

ADC was engaged to provide extensive design services for this upscale Pacific Palisades estate including producing interior millwork design packages. Bespoke millwork with ornate detailing adorned every room of the house, so each room required thought and planning using TRWurster’s structural installation as the basis for coordination of the interior finishes. The development of the interior finishes levereged our structural BIM as the framework for design development. Detailed millwork plans, 3D renderings, and virtual walkthroughs were produced and presented by ADC along the way so that the Owner could make informed decisions and provide feedback as we responded to each and every one of the Owner’s preferences. This coordination was performed with accuracy before proceeding with the work, all of which produced stunning results with a high level of efficiency!

Rosewood Montecino Trellis

ADC was engaged to design the trellis assembly at the upscale Rosewood Miramar Hotel in Montecito. Using a 3D laser based point cloud scan to coordinate the design with existing conditions, ADC planned for the challenges of maintaining and servicing an outdoor beachfront eating area which formed the outdoor venue for a world class bar and restaurant. Careful consideration was given to the integration of the heating, shading, drainage, MEP, finishes, and shielding components to maximize the guest experience for those dining and reclining in this picturesque environment. The trellis structure adorns this meticulously arranged property to add a stunning and delightful addition to the rare and delightful Southern California beachfront dining experience!