Infill Office Building

Infill Office Building

Architect
Acme architecture
Location
Lomita, United States | View Map
Project Year
2010
Category
Offices
Rivera

Compact Offices

Acme architecture as architect

This compact office building utilizes a small remnant urban parcel adjacent to the Pacific Coast Highway in the Los Angeles suburb of Lomita. The design strives to use minimal means to maximize the utilization of its constrained site.


Ordinances dictating the quantity and sizes of automobile parking and their maneuvering areas result in automobiles taking up the vast majority of the property and drastically limit the size of the office space to be provided.


Working within these onerous planning restrictions the design creates a secure, landscaped, courtyard for the office inhabitants. Property line walls enclose and secure the site. Within this a detached carpet of permeable paving provides for the automobiles while still allowing space for a perimeter of landscaping. Freestanding concrete masonry walls within this enclosure form a minimal base from which the simple office building cantilevers out from above.


Entry through steel and glass pedestrian gates provides access to open stairs up to an exterior exit balcony and the offices. The upper office structure is a basic rectangle whose modest size is limited by the quantity of parking provided below. Fenestration placement responds to orientation to the sun – recessed toward the south, flush at the north and screened by vertical fin walls at the east and west. The day lighted interior may be subdivided into four separate tenant spaces about a central utility core. This upper mass is clad in varying patterns of fiber cement siding that contrast with the heavy masonry base below

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