Light Box / ANX

Light Box / ANX

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Los Angeles, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project ANX
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    A606, Metal Window Corp., Rift Sawn
  • Architect in Charge

    Aaron Neubert, AIA, David Chong, Jeremy Limsenben, Xiran Zhang
  • Photographs

  • Structural Engineer

    Gordon Polon Consulting Engineers
  • General Contractor

  • Steel Fabrication

    CWI/Fred Vasquez
  • Millwork Fabrication

    Dan Taron and Bulson
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© Brian Thomas Jones
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Text description provided by the architects. On a gritty stretch of Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles, the PSPMLA office sits on a previously vacant 2,500 sf infill commercial parcel. Dubbed the “Light Box” for its simple geometry slotted in acknowledgement of the natural solar conditions, the 2,200 sf office for a boutique property management firm discretely slips into the streetscape of tightly packed auto body shops, neon sign fabricators, digital printers, and various light commercial businesses. The design expands upon the urban texture of the street, while also carving out a bright, naturally illuminated respite for the office staff and their clientele.

© Brian Thomas Jones
© Brian Thomas Jones

The project is composed of two primary furniture elements, a double height rift sawn white oak clad spatial volume and a white lacquered cluster of seating modules, inserted into a 25’-0” wide X 66’-6” long X 22’-6” tall building envelope. To maximize the useable area of the narrow lot, the exterior walls were assembled and waterproofing installed horizontally on site and then tilted into position along the property lines with a crane.  Following the completion of the envelope, the furniture elements were installed within the space. The office’s interior is organized into three zones of program: the double height ground floor area contains the primary circulation and the staff seating; the ground floor of the wood insertion is populated by the waiting room, conference room, two management offices, and the restrooms; and the mezzanine holds additional staff workrooms and storage areas.


In response to the contrasting goals of an open and naturally lit, yet secure and private working environment, the “Light Box” is fitted with an array of skylights within the ceiling slots at the roof and a perforated steel screen at the Venice Boulevard façade. The skylights register the time of day through the constantly changing light on the wood interior. In addition, the scale and orientation of the façade screen provides diffused lighting in the afternoon and presents an illuminated edifice by night to safely light the sidewalk and bike parking at the street. Ultimately, the “Light Box” serves as a device to both capture and emit the quintessential glow of Los Angeles.

© Brian Thomas Jones
© Brian Thomas Jones
© Brian Thomas Jones
© Brian Thomas Jones

Product Description. The rift sawn white oak cladding is used to define the double height furniture element inserted into the overall building envelope. To contrast the purity of the smooth plaster interior, this furniture element is assembled of various sized panels detailed at the scale of furniture. This composition proves an excellent canvas to capture the changing light patterns throughout the day.

© Brian Thomas Jones
© Brian Thomas Jones

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Address: Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Cite: "Light Box / ANX" 22 Dec 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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