AO Award .:. Garden Brook Senior Village Wins 2018 Gold Nugget Merit Award

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Architects Orange Earns Coveted Gold Nugget Honors

Orange, California, June 1, 2018 — Judges for the 2018 Gold Nugget Awards have named Architects Orange as an Award of Merit winner in its annual competition, which honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally. Architects Orange earned its Merit honors for Garden Brook Senior Village, which was honored for Best Senior Community on the Boards. 

Chosen from the elite pool of Merit Award winners, Grand Awards will be announced on June 28 as a feature highlight of PCBC®, the nation’s largest regional conference and trade show for the real estate development field.

Located in Garden Grove, California, Garden Brook Senior Village:
The opportunity to rejuvenate a community, by adaptively reusing a half-built structure dubbed the “Rusty Skeleton” by locals, is a rare one. The project, originally slated as a mixed-use retail and luxury condominium development, had been abandoned for over a decade, a magnet for decay and crime in the city. This new adaptive reuse project introduces 395 below-market senior apartments, along with 13,000 SF of restaurant and retail space and over 25,000 SF of community and recreational area.

The mission to transform an unsightly steel frame, visible from the Garden Grove Freeway, into a fresh new gateway for the city calls for innovative planning and design. A retail base with metal awnings is arranged to invite pedestrian traffic to and from the city’s largest mixed-use development across the street, thus expanding the retail core. Engaging geometric configurations and contemporary materials are employed, creating a set of shifting planes within striking frames.  Intelligent proportions, varied parapet heights and horizontal bands of balconies enhance visual interest while mitigating the building’s height. Metal grills, organic screens, colored Plexiglas and bold accent colors formulate a modern residential ambience.  The residential units boast full kitchens and bathrooms, large living areas, and ample storage, while four outdoor courtyards encourage mingling and active pastimes.

The project includes an intergenerational partnership with the adjacent Boys and Girls Club, in which programs will foster mutually beneficial youth and senior interactions.  This is befitting of a place that was reborn in order to reinvigorate a community.

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“Gold Nugget Award winners reflect our industry’s best, brightest and most innovative architects, planners and builder/developers,” said Judging Chairman and Gold Nugget ceremonies administrator Lisa Parrish. “We applaud them all, and we forward to our June 28 celebration of Merit and Grand Award winners.”

Now in its 55th year, GNA is the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the nation. It honors design and planning achievements in community and home design, green-built housing, site planning, commercial, retail, mixed-use development and specialty housing categories. Winners this year were chosen from over 600 entries from around the world. Gold Nugget Awards — Recognizing those who improve our communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning and development.

Architects Orange (AO) has an over 40-year legacy of delivering creative and effective design solutions to clients: Designs that build prominent Multifamily, Retail, Restaurant, Commercial, Office, Industrial, Hospitality, Landscape, Structured Parking and Mixed-use spaces that mirror the vibrancy of their communities, in California and throughout the nation.



This year’s award winners:

The Point – Grand Award Gold Nugget

The George – Gold Nugget Merit Award

Metro East Senior Park – Gold Nugget Merit Award