Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio, Inc. with Andy Waisler has recently completed an adaptive reuse of a 1940s bowstring truss and brick warehouse in what was Santa Monica’s Industrial corridor, now a hotbed of entertainment and hi tech. The 17,000 square foot building was artistically designed for a well-known, International animation studio that has recently achieved significant commercial success. Urban Studio designed an interior renovation that is warm, forthright and efficient, while also elegant and inspiring. As is a consistent throughout all of Urban Studio's designs, sustainability and conservation were of paramount concern throughout the tenant improvement process. The design maintains the structure of 1940s bowstring truss and brick warehouse along with stripped down and polished concrete floors. The centerpiece is the ‘Cube’ which houses a screening room, two editing rooms and a central IT/Server room for the entire office. Designed with a small black band that secures the foundation of the room, the office appears to float within the space. The sides facing the kitchen and hallway have built in platform seating used as spill over spaces for employee lounging. Using natural lighting paired with efficient lighting design, the space incorporates natural woods and sharp, contrasting colors to create a vibrant and natural aesthetic. The design also includes an outdoor patio space that playfully blends both the indoor and outdoor spaces. Oversized sliding doors connect the interior to the outdoor garden area, bringing in the Mediterranean light and fresh sea air. The landscape design, by Linda Jassim of Studio J, capitalizes on found space on the side of the building, for use by employees for dining and breaks. An outside bar with seating hangs off the large open window facing the kitchen. At night and on cool winter days, heat lamps and lighting warm the space.
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