This project was a commission to create an office, bookstore, cafe, bar, and restaurants in three open warehouse spaces located in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles. The warehouses are taking up an entire street block in a residential area and are essentially an island of activity.
The scheme is based on the concept of framing. The frame is derived from LA case study houses such as Charles and Ray Eames’s house. The modernist frame allows for the social and functional to rest within the neutral space. In much the same way, operational spaces are relegated to the perimeter and open central space is maintained in the existing warehouse space.
The office and bookstore are raised on multiple levels within the double height space leaving the floorspace open for a large amount of tables and minimal maintenance.
The second scheme, a small restaurant located in
Silverlake, involves an existing small stucco building that would be retrofitted into a kitchen and an additional level of outdoor seating. The glass doors create a flow through the small space, and the frame is reintroduced as the structural system for the second level of seating.