Office for Media ProductionLos Angeles, CA
Located in the heart of historic Hollywood, this project for the headquarters of a media production company utilizes a variety of mass timber construction techniques to produce a series of volumetrically diverse spaces.
Gathered together in both plan and section, the volumes are organized to define the edges of a public plaza at the center of the building. The billboard, like the upper floors of the building, is clad with a lightweight metal scrim that obscures and gives a layer of privacy to the glass walls of the offices behind. The scrim creates a ghosted expression for the building, much like an afterimage of something that was just present but has recently vanished. Like a cloud resting on a monolithic plinth, the building is designed to reject scale. By removing any of the devices typically used to denote a building’s size, the project becomes an abstraction from the specificity of its surrounding context. As in cinema, the building allows for a personal interpretation by its audience and its users.