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MARIA
SVIRIDOVA

LONG BEACH
CIVIC CENTER





Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Los Angeles
2012 - 2019
Status: Completed


Location: Long Beach, California
Program: New City Hall and Port Headquarters
Project Area: 240, 000 sq.ft. (22,300 sq.m.)
Levels: 11 above-ground levels and 3 level basement/parking garage

Awards: 
- Los Angeles Business Council: Under Construction Award (2017)
- American Planning Association California Chapter Los Angeles: Urban Design, Award of Merit (2016) 

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Long Beach Civic Center is a new 3-block development that includes a City Hall, Port Headquarters, and Library for the city of Long Beach. The project came into the office through a competition and will replace the existing structures already on the site. The concept is two twin 11-story PT-slab buildings for the City Hall and Port, and a 2-level timber structure for the library.


The typical floor of City Hall and Port are designed around 2 central cores on the east and west sides of the building. This leaves the floor plate to be freely occupied with open office space. The concrete of the cores, columns, and ceiling are exposed throughout. The curtain walls of the towers are the distinguishing features. City Hall has a clean look with white frit on the north and white shadow boxes on the south facade. Port has darker frit on the north and multi-colored shadow boxes on the south, reminiscent of stacked shipping containers.







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FACADE DETAIL


The buildings and different orientations of facade take on unique identities that still relate to a whole. 

The Port Facade reflectes the colors of the actual port of Long Beach - blues, oranges, reds - with the shadow box design. The City Hall shadow boxes take on a sophisticated pin-stripe look with white panels. Both buildings use a frit pattern where they face each other on a fully glazed facade. 








TYPICAL FLOOR PLANS


The central concept of the tower floor plates are two cores to the east and the west that allow for open office space to flow around them. However, the two towers take a different approach to the distribution of open office vs. private office layout.

City Hall places offices along the north and south façades, leaving the open office to run east-west through the center. Port Headquarters instead places the offices in the center of the space along the cores. The open office then runs along the perimeter of the façades, and connects through the open spaces of the offices. This creates a different hierarchy of the work space. The City Hall is more structured with a higher number of private offices and places the open office workers between them. Port Headquarters inverts the concept, having a lower number of individual offices, and places the emphasis on the open office.



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PORT HEADQUARTERS
INTERCONNECING STAIR



Port building has an
interconnecting stair that is structurally complex and is meant to move in case of a seismic event with minimal damage.

This produces complex detailing for the glass railing and floating hand rail.




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PORT DISPLAY CASES


The Port Headquarters, overlooks the Port itself, located south-west of the tower. To bring some of the materiality of the Port into the building, the façade uses shipping containers as a basis for its shadow boxes.

The Port also has an extensive model ship collection, to be placed in the lobby space. We invert the concept, and place the ships into the sliced shipping container replicas. To avoid association with specific companies, the slices are left untreated with color. The ships are the placed on glass shelves for a floating effect




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MOSCOW RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT




Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Los Angeles
2018 
Status: Unbuilt


Location: Tushino, Moscow, Russia
Program: Mixed Use  
Project Area: 2,000,000 sq.ft. (185,000 sq.m.)





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This is a new development on the edge of Moscow being constructed to address ongoing housing demands. It is a three-block residential complex consisting of bar buildings and towers. A central park runs through the blocks to create a public space and is lined with retail.

The blocks are in a courtyard formation to create lively interior spaces for the residents. Different typologies of buildings create a variety of living spaces to address different needs.
The architecture itself uses simple and elegant strategies to address structural, material, and budget constraints.








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