Yesterday Creative Energy Design | Today StudioW2

Pasadena, California – Creative Energy Design (CED) owner and architect, Jon Van Gaasbeek, is welcoming StudioW2 to Pasadena. After 25 years of serving the San Gabriel Valley design community, Creative Energy Design is becoming StudioW2.
StudioW2 was started in October 2015 by Susan Woller and Ken Wilson, both LA based architectural interior designers with over 40 years combined experience in the architectural design community. Susan and Ken started working together in 2001 at CitySpaces, a former Pasadena design firm, and quickly became an efficient and strong team.
With some recent family matters to tend to, Jon was looking for someone to help make a smooth transition and keep the long standing tradition of excellent customer service in place that CED clients have become accustomed too.
While Jon is planning on still being involved with you, his clients, you may see Susan and Ken running with the same energy in his place or at his side as he makes the transition.
While it might actually require W2 of us to completely fill his shoes, we hope to make this a seamless and beneficial transition to all involved. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have, including Jon.
For more information about StudioW2 and the upcoming transition, give us a call or email with any questions or comments.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Downtown L.A. Architecture

You love the L.A. skyline, but do you know about the types of architecture that make up Downtown Los Angeles?
Here’s your introduction!
One of the first major types of architecture to come up in Downtown Los Angeles was called Beaux-Arts. Picture the Millennium Biltmore Hotel or The Orpheum Theatre.
This type of architecture is inspired by Greek and Roman structures and the style heavily influenced U.S. architecture until the 1920s.
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Broad Museum Opens This Week

The design for the ambitious Broad Museum on Grand Avenue, officially opening this weekend, has been referred to since its planning stages as “the veil and the vault.”
The “veil” is the building’s honeycomblike exoskeleton of angled, oval windows, initially meant to be much more ethereal and transparent-looking than it actually is.
Eli Broad, the 82-year-old billionaire art collector behind the museum, is suing the engineering subcontractor that failed to give his building, designed by architects Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, the “quality” that was intended.
“The vault” refers to the storage facility for the art that Broad and his wife, Edye, have collected over the past 40 years.
Through a window in the main stairwell, visitors will be able to peer down into the vault.
This means everyone gets a glimpse behind the scenes — and for free, since the museum will charge no admission.
It’s a little strange — and no doubt intentional — that a $140 million museum paid for by an extremely wealthy businessman (who for years has attached strings to his donations to schools and museums) would position itself as the most transparent cultural institution on a street full of them.

But will the Broad in fact turn out to be transparent — transparent in its mission, its motives and its relations with the community? Read more…

Classic Downtown LA Architecture

The following walking tour itinerary was originally posted on October 12, 2012 and then updated on July 9, 2015. It provides some interesting insights on some of the city’s most iconic and classic architectural buildings in downtown LA, so thought we would share it here. Enjoy!
From – October 12, 2012
You can begin this walking tour at Downtown L.A.’s Union Station. The last of the great rail stations (opened in 1939) and carefully restored to its full glamour, Union Station is a romantic blend of Spanish Mission, Moorish and Streamline Moderne elements.
The culmination of over two decades of planning, Union Station embodies the excitement, promise, and wide-open spaces of Southern California in the early and mid-twentieth century.
The grand opening of the John and Donald Parkinson-designed train station was celebrated with a three-day extravaganza attended by nearly half a million people.
The vast and extraordinary spaces now serve as station to the city’s Metro Rail lines, and once again tens of thousands of people course through the building every day. In the mid-1990s, an intermodal transit center and twenty-eight-story office tower was added on the east side of Union Station.
These additions draw on the 1939 station for inspiration, interpreting the vast spaces and southwestern colors in a new way, and incorporating the work of many different artists as part of the public spaces.
Up next… LA Central Public Library

NFL will return to Los Angeles for 2016 season

For more than two decades, billionaire developers, corporate titans, Hollywood power-brokers and four Los Angeles mayors tried and failed to bring the National Football League back to the nation’s second-largest market.
The odyssey ended Tuesday.
NFL owners voted 30-2 to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to Los Angeles for the 2016 season and to give the San Diego Chargers a one-year option to join the Rams in Inglewood.
The Rams’ home will ultimately be on the site of the old Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood in what will be the league’s biggest stadium by square feet, a low-slung, glass-roofed football palace with a projected opening in 2019 and a price tag that could approach $3 billion.  Continue reading…