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Porsche Experience Center Brings Innovation to Carson, CA


Porsche departed from the traditionally product-oriented public announcements at this year’s L.A. Auto Show with news that the company plans to build a Porsche Experience Center in the city of Carson.

The facility, only the second in the country and the fifth in the world, will sit on a 53-acre section of land just off the 405 Freeway near the interchange with the 110 Freeway. Much of the space is currently the Dominguez Hills Golf Course and at one point the area was a landfill.

The proposed facility would feature a test track, a driving skills course, driving simulators, an athletic center, a restaurant, and of course, a Porsche showroom.

Porsche hopes to break ground on the center in the summer of 2012.

The facility is a completely private venture with no public financing or tax incentives, Dear said. He hopes the facility and its presence in Carson will bring about 300 jobs to the area.

Porsche says the handling course at the Porsche Experience Center would allow instructors to simulate rain, ice or snow conditions, somethings Southern California residents might not otherwise encounter. Also planned is an off-road course, the better for Porsche to promote the handling capabilities of its SUV and all-wheel drive vehicles.

SOURCE: LA TIMES | David Undercoffler



Turned 29 last week (11|1|11) while hosting an event @MarqueeLV...I've committed myself to making this year a year of manifestation.  All things to flourish. And so it is...#TalesofaTastemaker (My Album & Book Project - 2012)



Today - at a dope house in Palm Springs shooting the Hyundai Equus, creating some stunning visuals.


Yesterday - in the Palisades, I love the "iProspective" shot...I wanted it to look & feel as if you were taking the shot yourself.



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Cory Buckner house

Project: Demolish a nondescript 1,900-square-foot house and build a 4,000-square-foot residence for a family of four, plus a 1,400-square-foot artist’s studio.

Cory Buckner Architects recently finished a Brentwood residence designed to make the most of its natural surroundings. It's the latest installment of Pro Portfolio, our feature posted every Monday in which we look at a recently built, remodeled or redecorated home with commentary from the designer.

Location: Brentwood. 

Architect: Cory Buckner Architects. 

Architect's description: This property is situated in the well-known postwar architectural community of Crestwood Hills, designed by architects A. Quincy Jones, Whitney R. Smith and structural engineer Edgardo Contini. The site had been occupied by a two-story house untouched since the late 1950s with breathtaking views of the Santa Monica Bay and city lights.

With just the top 6 feet of the new house visible at street level, the Brentwood residence appears as a modest statement among the neighboring postwar Modernist homes. Stepping down the hill, the house blends in with neighboring houses and affords each level of the house breathtaking views of the Bay. 

Exposed natural materials, large expanses of glass dissolving the boundary of indoor and outdoor space and a butterfly roof address the Modernist architecture of the surrounding community. 

With the primary view and exposure to the south, the use of passive solar devices such as appropriately sized roof overhangs minimize the sun's effect in the summer and maximize heat gain in the winter. Operable windows and doors on the lower floors capture funnel ocean breezes, with air circulation also helped by clerestory windows at the top of the house.

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The east side of the house, showing the path as one enters the property from the street. The glass staircase leads up to the main level. Also visible: the master suite, on the upper floor.


Cory Buckner house
The wide overhang at the entrance provides cover between the garage (through the doors straight ahead), and the house entry, on the left. The garage doors are clad in bonderized steel, a type of treated steel that's matte gray, to match the roof fascia  and gutter material.

Cory Buckner house
The east side of the house at night. The kitchen and dining room are visible at the lower level. Further down the hill on the left, the skylights on the art studio are visible.

Cory Buckner Architects kitchen



Cory Buckner kitchen
The kitchen cabinets are bamboo and the countertops are marble. The marble sinks were custom fabricated. The photo was taken from the dining area; lowering the ceiling height in this area provided a more intimate space for entertaining.

Cory Buckner
The stairs feature a built-in planter.

Cory Buckner living room
Addressing the owner’s art collection, the living room walls are unusually tall. The natural world acts as a foil to the man-made environment. Beyond the walls of glass on to the south, hawks soar over the canyon below; shadows from the carefully preserved eucalyptus trees dance on the floors and walls. Clerestory windows create a floating roof effect and the terrazzo floors ground the structure.

Cory Buckner bedroom
The master bedroom.

Cory Buckner bathroom
The master bathroom: The floor is terrazzo. Opaque glass provides privacy at the lower windows and generous clerestory windows allow morning sun to enter the room. 

Cory Buckner bathroom
The reverse view of the master bathroom: The cabinets are bamboo veneer. The shower is white glass tile.

Cory Buckner study
The study is lined with custom built-ins.