Culver X

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Culver City, California
Invited competition, 2011

In association with a developer, we responded to the City’s Redevelopment Agency Request for Proposal for the Parcel B site. Located at the center of Culver City’s thriving downtown business, dining, and entertainment district, Parcel B is the last remaining large un-built parcel in the area. The goal of the competition was to choose a development/architect team to design and build a project that would complete and become an anchor for downtown. During the qualification process, our team was ranked the highest out of four developers shortlisted for this project.

Culver X is a mixed-use commercial project organized as a gathering place and woven into the existing fabric of the downtown community. The project combines two floors of retail, restaurant and entertainment uses with two stories of office space designed to accommodate the creative and entertainment companies that are drawn to the area’s historical prominence in the entertainment and media industries. In his promotion of the city, real estate developer and city founder, Harry Culver enthusiastically pronounced, “All roads lead to Culver City.” He believed its location at the intersection of rail and transit crossings between downtown Los Angeles and Venice was an ideal place to build a city. The Culver-Washington ‘X’ was the historical and symbolic physical center of downtown. Changes over time transformed this historic crossing so that Washington Boulevard no longer crossed directly through Culver for automobiles. Culver X proposes to draw on this iconic intersection to create a new gathering place that complements and extends the existing Downtown Culver City.

 

BREAKDOWN:
108,000 sq. ft. of retail, restaurant, entertainment, health, fitness and creative office space
15,080 sq. ft. of open / community gathering space

CLIENT: City of Culver City
PROJECT LEADERS: Peter Tolkin, Jeremy Schacht, Angela Uriu
PROJECT TEAM: Dina Lopez, Matthew Trujillo, Bill Bungartz, Josh Avina, Alex Hernandez, Harold Ornelas, Natalie Magarian
DEVELOPER: Tolkin Group
ENGINEERS: KPFF Consulting Engineers (Structural)
LANDSCAPE: AHBE Landscape Architects
CONSULTANTS: Beatrix Barker (Art), Parking Design Solutions (Parking), NAI Capital (Office Real Estate Marketing), Dembo Realty (Retail & Restaurant Real Estate Marketing)
COST ESTIMATOR: Pankow
RENDERINGS: Olek Zemplinski

view from media park

view from media park

concept diagram

concept diagram

site plan

site plan

culver paseo

culver paseo

Lillian Roberts court

Lillian Roberts court

culver plaza from above

culver plaza from above

view of Culver Studios

view of Culver Studios

view of Culver X from the studios

view of Culver X from the studios

Culver X from culver blvd

Culver X from culver blvd

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