Here's a lesson in civic duty: To create consistency between The Lakes at Thousand Oaks and its neighbors along the eponymous boulevard out front, Caruso Affiliated relegated parking to the back of the site. Perkowitz + Ruth Architects designed the buildings and Lifescapes International created a four-acre park and one-acre lake. “The open space is a good tradeoff,” one juror said. “It breaks a lot of rules and we should reward them for that.” The move also meant articulating and finishing all four sides of the building to a high level (finishes included limestone, granite and copper), and shielding service areas. Though it measures 48,000 square feet, the Lakes represents a big effort at creating a sense of place. The topper: a clock tower featuring the world's largest Cartier timepiece.

Project Name
The Lakes at Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Square Footage

Perkowitz + Ruth Architects

Caruso Affiliated


City Officials
City of Thousand Oaks Planning Division
City of Thousand Oaks Redevelopment Agency

Landscape Architect
Lifescapes International

Francis Krahe and Associates