The February issue of Civil Engineering Magazine features Hodgetts + Fung’s current project, the Robert Frost Auditorium located at Culver City High School. “The auditorium is ‘one of the most astonishing structures in all of Southern California,’ Hodgetts states.” Hodgetts + Fung’s design for the old Frost Auditorium meets the demands of a new generation while respecting the legacy of this historic and iconic venue. Contact the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) directly to get your copy of the issue.
The latest issue of KINDER Journal features Punchout, Principal Craig Hodgetts' answer to economical and sustainable furniture design. Originally conceived in 1973 as a line of chairs and tables for children and adults, Punchout offers a low-cost, fun and transportable line of furniture. The current issue also explores the history of cardboard as a sustainable, durable and cost effective material for the construction of various children’s items, such as children's board books and the baby box developed by the Finnish government in the 1930s.
Nearly half a century ago, Craig Hodgetts & Lester Walker developed the idea behind Landliner, which Hodgetts imagined to be "a way of meeting demands of urban sprawl." Today, we find the spirit of that idea animating China's Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), commonly known as the Straddle Bus.
Earlier this month, Hodgetts + Fung Principal Architect, Craig Hodgetts was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times to discuss Landliner, China's version and the inspiration behind his original design pictured here.
The Ascend Amphitheater earns the 2017 USITT Architecture Merit Award, the latest in a run of honors for the HplusF design. The award comes as a major industry tribute from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, which celebrates the creative image and technological exploration of performance spaces all over the world.
The award will be presented on March 10, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. during the annual USITT convention, held in St. Louis from March 8-11, 2017.
Ascend Amphitheater won the AIA Middle Tennessee Honor Award, sweeping state, regional, and local awards in Tennessee. The amphitheater was designed by Hodgetts+Fung, who were selected by Nashville-based executive architects Smith Gee for HplusF's renewal of the Hollywood Bowl.
Inspiration came from 1960s Gretsch amplifiers, a reference to Music City’s heritage that resonated with AIA Middle Tennessee.
Declared “sensational design” by Commissioner John Altschul
at the West Hollywood Design Review meeting, the 8497 Sunset Boulevard project
is continued. The design review committee also admired the usage of the site, which is situated on the north side of Sunset Boulevard.
The building will be iconic on the Los Angeles landscape, greeting drivers as they drive up La Cienega to enter onto the famous boulevard.
With the city’s approval, the Hodgetts+Fung team will move forward with what local journalist James Mills called an “ultra-modern and futuristic” design.
Principal Craig Hodgetts, FAIA presented his award-winning car designs to great enthusiasm at ArtCenter College of Design during the annual ArtCenter Car Classic. The event curates the very best in automotive design, honoring celebrated designers from all over the world.
Hodgetts was invited as a member of the historic Fisher Body Craftsmen Guild. His car designs beat out over 4,000 applicants to win the 1965 Styling Award, which he showcased on the Sinclaire Pavilion, designed by Hodgetts himself and partner Hsinming Fung. Addressing global automotive design leaders, Hodgetts discussed his evolution from the pivotal scholarship to the General Motors Institute to his award-winning architecture practice today.
Construction begins on the iconic Robert Frost Auditorium in
Culver City. The project will preserve the original structure, designed by
Flewelling & Moody, while adding a double-height black box theater and
enhancing the back-of-house facilities with a full complement of theater
equipment. The H+F design team embraced the challenge of preserving the thin
shell structure—a concrete roof that spans 400 feet and is only four inches
Built in 1963, pictured here and photographed by Julius Schulman, the Frost Auditorium appeared in sci-fi movies such as Gattaca and Woody Allen’s 1973 Sleeper, and hosted the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Hodgetts+Fung will present the designs for the Sunset commercial development before the West Hollywood Design committee on Thursday, Oct. 27.
The project, poised at the intersection of two famous boulevards, is a terracing development for commercial retail and offices. The building extends along an east-west axis, withdrawing on the street-level at an angle.
Above, a rectilinear volume cantilevers off the axis, implying interaction and dining in the below plaza, before opening into an airy dining room. This elevated plane of competing forms sets up diverse retail and dining experiences harbored from the hustle of Sunset Boulevard, while also offering expansive views of the Los Angeles Basin.
Not to be overlooked is the proposed creative billboard, fully incorporated into the design of the building structure. The freestanding advertisement reduces visual clutter while resonating with the extravagant character of Sunset Boulevard.
Learn more at 5:30 pm at the Plummer Park Community Center, Room 5.
Amid computational design and technological manufacture, what is the role of Drawing? Its future? What difference does Drawing make?
Ascend Amphitheater was presented with an American Institute of Architects Gulf States Award of Merit on May 20, 2016, during the National AIA Convention in Philadelphia. This is the AIA's Regional (Southeastern) Awards.
"The reference to the amplifier as a metaphor could have been dangerous, but the architects’ subtle use of form and space was strong in its execution," was one of the comments from the jury. The amphitheater, located in Nashville, Tenn., received one of only 14 awards given out of 130 submissions.
Read more about this project here.
Photo: Rachel Paul
Hodgetts + Fung’s Jesuit High School Chapel project in Sacramento is featured in the November issue of Architect Magazine, which includes an interview with Ming Fung and Craig Hodgetts detailing the design process that lead to the realization of the chapel. Craig Hodgetts says of the process, “For us, it was very stimulating. We weren't frustrated by it not being a straightforward design process. Every little bit added richness to the final solution.”
The chapel was completed in September of this year.
Read the full interview and see images of the chapel in Architect Magazine.
On Saturday, November 15th Hodgetts + Fung celebrated 30 years of award-winning, engaging, and thoughtful design. Founders and principals Hsinming Fung and Craig Hodgetts were among the attendees that including current and former staff, colleagues, and friends who came to celebrate the design team’s milestone at their studio in Culver City.
Founded in 1984, Hodgetts + Fung have become integral to the architectural fabric of Los Angeles; placing their signature on iconic structures throughout the city and inspiring new generations of designers through their career-spanning dedication to architectural education.
Check out Photos from the party on our Facebook Page
Check out Photos from the party on our Facebook Page
On September 17th, Craig Hodgetts and Hsinming Fung, principals and founders of Hodgetts + Fung, attended the dedication mass to mark the completion of the 10,800 square foot Chapel of the North American Martyrs on the Jesuit High School Campus campus in Carmichael, CA.
The chapel is designed as a welcoming presence when approached from the main campus. The strong yet simple geometry, enduring materials, and soaring ceilings have been chosen to provide a spiritual anchor for the Jesuit HighSchool Campus, and to provide a symbolic progression from dynamic campus life to a more contemplative sacred space.
The chapel accommodates the growing student body at Jesuit High school and creates an icon that identifies Jesuit’s Catholic, Christian heritage, as well as announces the school’s presence in Sacramento.