• “Guest Appearance” Interior Design Magazine

    “Guest Appearance” Interior Design Magazine

    September 2006, Edie Cohen

    Lago Vista Guesthouse. " No doubt that this pair of free-striped cubes is a folly... however, this guest house in a hilltop in Beverly Hills's Coldwater Canyon could easily be a full-fledged residence. Aleks Istanbullu made sure to build and detail Lago Vista, every bit as carefully as the larger residences he's designed in an around Los Angeles."

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    “Loud and Clear” Interior Design Magazine

    “Loud and Clear” Interior Design Magazine

    February 200, Linas Alsenas

    HEAR Center " And while the building primarily serves children, Istanbullu says he chose not to pursue a conventional child-care aesthetic that too often 'looks like a toy'. The new interior is unabashedly modern but incorporates pastels and light wood to lend warmth. When director Josephine Wilson lauds the space as 'comfortable and child-friendly, with a minimum of distractions,' you can hear the pride in her voice."

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    Blueprint Magazine “Book Spaces”

    Blueprint Magazine “Book Spaces”

    May 2002

    Westchester Loyola Library. " Of all civic buildings, libraries have to be the most mundane. They're just the repositories for bits of paper, after all, yet they often bring out the best in architects. Aleks Istanbullu Architects; design for the Westchester-Loyola Village Branch Library in Los Angeles meets the diverse civic needs of a library yet provides a sense of intimacy for users."

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  • At Home: Pasadena

    At Home: Pasadena

    2007, Jill Alison Ganon + Sandy Gilis

    West California Residence "The home's architects, Aleks Istanbullu, says the kitchen table is his favourite part of the house, and Catherine agrees: ' I love to sit at the table, where the light is great and you have wonderful views of the house. It is the true center of our home."

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    Outdoor Rooms

    Outdoor Rooms

    1998, Julie D. Taylor

    Laurel Canyon Garden Retreat

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    “Expanding on Tradition with Slate and Quartzite Stone World

    “Expanding on Tradition with Slate and Quartzite Stone World

    June 2005, Michelle Stinnard

    Church of our Saviour

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  • Spaces 2: Office

    Spaces 2: Office

    2005

    Images Publishing Group

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    “Aleks Istanbullu Loft” Los Angeles Magazine

    “Aleks Istanbullu Loft” Los Angeles Magazine

    July 2007, Diana Charkalis

    Design Lofts 2007 " For loft owners looking for and innovative way to shape and define their space, Istanbullu says his idea is one anyone can implement. It's a system and it's easy and cost effective. You don't have to buy a $10,000 chair to make space look good. 'The project was not not satisfying for him as a designer, but also as an architect. 'This process is as close as I can get to having people wear my spaces."

    Interiors Now 2004

    Interiors Now 2004

    Images Publishing Group

    11 Brooks Lillian Way HEAR Center

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  • “AII’s Well that Starts Well” Residential Architects

    “AII’s Well that Starts Well” Residential Architects

    August 2006, Michelle Stinnards

    Church/Loft

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    “Profile: Church of Our Saviour Children’s Chapel” LA Architect

    “Profile: Church of Our Saviour Children’s Chapel” LA Architect

    September/October 2004 Jesse Brink

    Church of our Saviour " Doesn't a basilica - essentially an urban form, enclosed and enlivened solely by inert statuary and the slow progress of the sun across stained glass deny God's creation, substituting the plaid facsimiles of man? Open and largely unadorned, this small chapel on the campus of the Church of Our Saviour, in San Gabriel, lets that creation in, and fosters the wonder it excites."

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    GA Houses Project 1999, Issue #59

    GA Houses Project 1999, Issue #59

    A.D.A Edita Tokyo

    Mulholland Drive Residence

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  • Contemporary Architecture

    Contemporary Architecture

    2004, Catherine Siessor

    Westchester Loyola Library

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    “From Bungalow to Loft” Great Houses on a Budget

    “From Bungalow to Loft” Great Houses on a Budget

    2005, James Grayson Trulove

    Lillian Way Residence "Lurking behind the walls of this modest 1,200 square-foot two bedroom house was a dramatic loft space waiting to be realized. With all of the dividing walls and the ceiling removed and a large skylight placed squarely in the center, a once dark and conventional space has been transformed into a minimalist urban retreat."

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    “Soulful Digs” West Magazine

    “Soulful Digs” West Magazine

    October 1, 2006 Barbara Thornburg

    Church/Loft "The humble church-Santa Monica's Oldest remaining wood structure and a landmark since 1977. 'it had so much heart and soul you could feel it immediately,'..."

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  • “Suspended Animation” Interior Design Magazine

    “Suspended Animation” Interior Design Magazine

    March 2003, Edie Cohen

    Mulholland Drive Residence "Csupo's opening line to Aleks Istanbullu, a Santa Monica architect with modernist learnings: 'We're going to be dream clients. And push you to the limit, building the craziest, most artistic space you can come up with.' Could this be and architect's dream?"

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    100 More of the World’s Best Houses

    100 More of the World’s Best Houses

    2005, Robyn Beaver, editor

    Malibu Meadows Residence

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    “Density Meets Lifestyle in Southern California” Multifamily Trends, Regional Spotlight: Western Design

    “Density Meets Lifestyle in Southern California” Multifamily Trends, Regional Spotlight: Western Design

    May/June 2007 Aleks Istanbullu

    AI-Architects Housing Projects "The question facing developers and their architects is how to get people who are accustomed to the very real benefits of single-family detached homes - with multiple-car garages on large landscaped lots - interested in condominiums, townhouses, or lofts in urban neighborhoods."

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  • “Wired Home: The Hills” Wired Magazine

    “Wired Home: The Hills” Wired Magazine

    January 2005

    Mulholland Drive Residence "The Hinge House in Beverly Hills - owned by Rug Rats cocreator Gabor Csupo and his wife, and artist - is an audiophile's paradise,..."

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    Design Community

    Design Community

    April 2004

    Lillian Way, Malibu Meadows + Hampton Beach House

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    “Why Leave Home?” West Magazine, L.A Times

    “Why Leave Home?” West Magazine, L.A Times

    December 3, 2006 Barbara Thornburg

    Solomon Loft

  • “Clean and Conscious” Info + Contract Magazine

    “Clean and Conscious” Info + Contract Magazine

    September 2006, Sofia Galadza

    Cerritos Bathouse " 'It was very much a down and dirty job.' says Aleks Istanbullu, ... Yet he managed to create this spa-like space by taking a few extra steps - namely, investing in luxurious-looking materials while also celebrating certain existing conditions, and, cleverly, eliminating the need for a mechanical system - all while within the set budget of $ 800,000."

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    “A Dramatic Look, Cubed” Los Angeles Times

    “A Dramatic Look, Cubed” Los Angeles Times

    1998, Barbara Thornburg

    Lago Vista Residence "Istanbullu sees the patterned green shell as symbolizing blades of grass swaying in the wind. 'I wanted to make a manmade object evocative of nature.' the architects says. 'The looseness of the house... the way ot feathers away in the landscape comes from my desire to make it part of the outdoors.' "

    “In Living Color” Los Angeles Times Magazine

    “In Living Color” Los Angeles Times Magazine

    July 27, 2003 Images Publishing Group

    Mulholland Drive Residence

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  • “Speaking Volumes” Architecture Magazine

    “Speaking Volumes” Architecture Magazine

    April 2004, Jamie Reynolds

    "...Aleks Istanbullu could be accused of downplaying the finished product: "It's basically a box of books," he says... his eponymous Santa Monica firm has done more than comfortably meet the program: they've inserted straightforward formal elements to improve but not overpower the facility's function."

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    ” The Loft Re-Imagined” Los Angeles Times

    ” The Loft Re-Imagined” Los Angeles Times

    April 19, 2007

    Biscuit Lofts "For loft owners looking for an innovative way to shape and define their space, It's a system and it's easy and cost effective. You don't need that much to pull it off. You don't have to buy a $10,000 chair to make the space look good. 'This process is as close as I can get to having people wear my spaces." - Aleks Istanbullu

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    Art + Decor Magazine

    Art + Decor Magazine

    Mulholland Drive Residence + Woods Drive Residence

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  • The New York Times

    The New York Times

    Westchester-Loyola Village Library

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    “Semi-Suburban Living” LA Downtown News

    “Semi-Suburban Living” LA Downtown News

    June 30, 2008, Richard Guzman

    Bixel + Fith Courtyard Housing "I think it's a wonderful alternative to Downtown living. You have the skyline of Downtown, you can walk to work, you can have all the amenities of Downtown, yet you don't actually live in Downtown."

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    Progressive Architecture: Plans

    Progressive Architecture: Plans

    May 1995

    SC / AQMD Child Care

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  • “The Building of America: Gold Medal Winner, Building Team” Real Estate & Construction Review

    “The Building of America: Gold Medal Winner, Building Team” Real Estate & Construction Review

    September 24, 2008, Amy Bell

    Biscuit Lofts

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    Dialogues & Interventions

    Dialogues & Interventions

    Armory Center for the Arts Exhibition 2006

    Church of our Saviour " The chapel's altar is touched by a reflection of golden light from the south clerestory window. Hanging lamps cast drifting light ocer the ceiling, an evocation of heaven. Outside, a reading circle of stone surrounds a large pepper tree in the meadow. It is marked by twelve boulders, a reference both to the twelve stones left as a memorial after crossing the Jordan and to the twelve Apostles. This is the place where the children learn about their faith."

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    “Small Firm Advantage: Practice Model as Business Strategy” Marketer Magazine

    “Small Firm Advantage: Practice Model as Business Strategy” Marketer Magazine

    June 2007, Aleks Istanbullu

    AI-Architects Firm Marketing Profile " As I prepared to leave to Los Angeles office of Skidmore Owings & Merrill to start my own practice in 1986, my preimse was to establish what I conceived of as a "Chicago-style" generalist practice."

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  • “House of the Issue” Architects Newspaper

    “House of the Issue” Architects Newspaper

    September 24, 2008, Alissa Walker

    Lago Vista Guesthouse "Gazing at the electric-green cube he designed, which appears to hover atop a vibrantly-landscaped hill overlooking Coldwater Canyon, architect Aleks Istanbullu said, "It's not bout a big architectural gesture, it's more about respect." Istanbullu wanted the house to blend seamlessly into sit, functioning more like an element of the terraced gardens."

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    Design 360: Concept and Design Magazine

    Design 360: Concept and Design Magazine

    2006

    Malibu Meadows Residence + Mulholland Drive Residence "Striving for resonance of various design elements Aleks Istanbullu Architects is like the conductor on the stage, performing a harmonious symphony of architecture."

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    “Lofty Intention” Etlhad Inflight Magazine

    “Lofty Intention” Etlhad Inflight Magazine

    November 2008, Jessica Gliddon

    Aleks Istanbullu Architects Loft Projects. " ' Lofts attract users because of their promise of flexibility and the desire of users to shape their environments and be a part of an 'open' community,' Istanbullu says, 'Larger expanses of space mixed with oversized windows and minimal finishes make us feel like we are part of a more efficient and open environment as opposed to partitioned and closed society."

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  • “The New Community Condo” Architects Newspaper

    “The New Community Condo” Architects Newspaper

    January 27, 2010, Michael Webb.

    1200 Sweetzer Maisonettes. "Istanbullu, who has designed upscale residence in the Hollywood Hills, has brought that same emphasis on quality to a cluster of ten maisonettes on the flats."

    Hauser

    Hauser

    April 2009, Barbara Thornburg

    Lago Vista "In Beverly Hills, the pavilion-like house that architects Aleks Istanbullu built as a retreat and guest apartment gives its owners the freedom they longed for a magnificent canyon view. The Markovitses don't think of it as a typical addition, "It's more and element in the garden," Dorrie says, like a fun piece of sculpture that makes us smile."

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    Living West

    Living West

    2009, Sam Lubell, editor

    Lago Vista "Techincally a freestanding addition to a ranch house on a winding hilltop street in Beverly Hills, this project feels like a tropical retreat."

  • DiseƱart

    DiseƱart

    2009

    Lago Vista "Above the vibrant landscape that dominates Coldwater Canyon in Beverly Hills, Aleks Istanbullu Architects composed a guesthouse that seems to take root in the earth to merge itself into the leafy vegetation of the area. The green cube of simple lines surrenders to nature inly to accentuate the character of the landscape with greater clarity..."

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