8623 Santa Monica Commercial Remodel + Addition
Size: + 3,000 SF
Program: Commercial Building Remodel
Project Team: Ric. Abramson AIA (Principal)
Location: West Hollywood, CA
Structural Engineer: Progressive Consultants, Inc.
3D Modeling: Emmanuel Cobbet
Completion Date: 2013
Formerly a hair salon with a classically inspired facade, Workplays studio was retained as the Design Architect to remodel the building and re-envision the interior access, flow and configuration in order to attract new commercial tenants.
Our design proposed a double-volumed entry space, new second floor and rooftop view terrace surrounded by a large perforated privacy screen. At night, the interior spaces back light the screen revealing an intricately patterned but cost effective structural skeleton that braces the new facade and protects against seismic loading. By introducing an elevator at the street, pedestrians are engaged and night time programs are easily accommodated. At the street level a small forecourt helps the building easily transition a cross slope that runs in front of the retail space and heighten the pedestrian experience.