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Lehrer Architects LA / Lehrer Architects

  • 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, Steve Deyer. AIA
  • Interior Designer: Lehrer Architects
  • Structural Engineer: John Labib + Associates
  • Lighting Designer: Fox + Fox Design
  • Landscape Architect: Mia Lehrer + Associates
  • General Contractor: Lehrer Architects
  • Client: Lehrer Architects LA
  • Area: 5400.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Benny Chan/Fotoworks

© Benny Chan/Fotoworks © Benny Chan/Fotoworks © Benny Chan/Fotoworks © Benny Chan/Fotoworks

From the architect. 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. 

© Benny Chan/Fotoworks
© 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).

floor plan
floor plan

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.

© Benny Chan/Fotoworks
© Benny Chan/Fotoworks

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.

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