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.