The design of this 4700 square foot tenant improvement evolved from the unique challenge to remodel an early 1963 Frank Gehry designed commercial structure located in the heart of downtown Santa Monica.
The client is a full service post-production facility based in Chicago. They provide every aspect of the TV commercial making process, including creative on and off line editing, film transfer, special, visual and audio effects.
Like much or our work, this project is a continuation of an ongoing inquiry. It is an ongoing research into materials and technologies as well as a re-examination of known conditions, accepted norms and established methods. This has lead us to an innovative solution and stimulating new way of approaching interior architecture. Without predefining archi¬tecture, we responded directly and intuitively to the material qualities of place.
The context and program for the production studio suggests an experience ordered like a film or freeway, framing and containing reality. The design engages the user, heightens their sense of awareness, and brings a deeper understanding and vitality to their experience.
+ Project facts
Santa Monica, California, USA
Client/Owner: Optimus Corporation
Total Square Footage: 4,700 sq. ft.
Costs: $410,000.00 ($87/sq. ft.)
Architects: Brooks + SCARPA
Location of Architect: 4611 W. Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043
Team members: Lawrence Scarpa, AIA – Principal- in-Charge. Peter Borrego, Angela Brooks, AIA, Silke Clemens, Michael Hannah, Vanessa Hardy, Anne Marie Burke, Ching Luk, Fredrik Niilsen, Tim Petersen, Gwynne Pugh, AIA, Bill Sarnecky, Lawrence Scarpa, Katrin Terstegen – Project Design Team.
Engineering: Gordon Polon
General Contractor: Hinerfeld Ward Inc.
Photography: Marvin Rand
+ All images and drawings courtesy Brooks + SCARPA