Lehrer Architects purchased this 50 year old building in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles for a new work space. The once dingy and crowded 5,400 square foot warehouse was transformed into a working space of light, air, and transparency. More photographs and drawings following the break.
Architects: Lehrer Architects
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Design Principal: Michael Lehrer, FAIA
Project Designer/Construction Manager: Nerin Kadribegovic, Assoc. AIA
Project Architect: Robin Sakahara, AIA
Designer: Erik Alden
Designer: Steve Deyer, AIA
Interior designer: Lehrer Architects
Structural engineer: John Labib + Associates
General Contractor: Lehrer Architects
Lighting Designer: Fox + Fox Design
Landscape Aarchitect: Mia Lehrer + Associates
Client: Lehrer Architects LA
Project Area: 5,400 sqf
Photographers: Benny Chan/Fotoworks
Succinct interventions — blowing out the southern wall; work surfaces of 4’ x 8’ white painted solid core doors; epoxy-finished, painted floors; off-the-shelf storage systems; the red line resolving the trapezoidal shape of the space; and strategic landscape design — accomplished the job for $20.00/square foot (including mechanical / electrical / data / telephone infrastructure, the garden, and the build-out of all work surfaces).
Although this space specifically houses architects, it was designed as a generic working space. It aims to simply and clearly honor the rudiments of work:
• Vast work surfaces
• Massive natural light
• Seamless connections to the landscape and fresh air
• Generous, vivid, and available storage
• Clearly individuated work stations that together create a coherent, palpable groupArchitects think of architecture as process.
Upon entering the office, process and product become one – the visitor is immediately drawn into the architecture. Served and servant zones are explicitly defined and are visually calibrated to achieve complete transparency. In this way, the whole process of creation is revealed instantly upon entry.