Modern Green Cherokee Lofts

Cherokee Lofts

Update 12/13/09: Platinum Lofts @ Cherokee Studios Now Complete!

There's a lot to mention with REthink Development's project called Cherokee Lofts:  history, sustainability, modern design, materials innovation, etc.  This Pugh + Scarpa-designed development is on track to be named the first, privately developed, LEED Gold Certified, mixed-use project in Southern California.  The project will have 12 loft units, all ranging in size from 1,000 – 2,000 sf, and 2,800 sf of commercial space. 

Notice the green features:  solar panels, LED lighting, FSC-certified woods, and a green roof.  I really like the recycled aluminum facade, too (check the close up below).  Clean, contemporary, and simple.

Also, the history behind Cherokee Lofts is quite interesting.  It's being built on the site of the old Cherokee Recording Studios, which was MGM Studios before that.  That studio saw the likes of Dave Matthews, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, and David Bowie.  The new lofts will channel Studio One's vibe by reusing and re-purposing existing wood and materials.  Also, two units will have a dedicated space for in-home recording.  Cherokee Lofts is slated for completion in early 2009. 





Rendering credits: REthink Development.

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  • Kip Richardson

    Great project, cool design. Love it. It will not, however, be the first privately developed LEED Gold Mixed-use project in California. Elleven condominiums, designed by Ankrom Moisan Architects, has already achieved that certification, confirmed by the USGBC. Check it out at

  • Preston

    Nice project Kip – you have me on that one, thanks for the correction. It looks like Cherokee Lofts will have to settle with being in good company!

  • daniel

    On Thursday June 10th, 2010 Pugh + Scarpa received the 2010 National American Institute of Architects Firm Award during the Awards Ceremony at the National American Institute of Architects Convention in Miami, Florida. Above is the link to a short video that was shown during the ceremony. This award is the highest honor an architecture firm can receive.

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