Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group
Gardiner & Theobald, Shorenstein Properties
300,000 Square Feet
Rockefeller Kempel Architects
In addition to being a cultural paradigm, this project is also a model example of how adaptive reuse projects are a sustainable solution to the question of finite space in Los Angeles. Due to these restoration efforts, the building itself was granted LEED Gold Certification and won a Sustainable Innovation Award by the U.S. Green Building Council. Great care was taken to preserve the industrial moxie from the space’s former glory as a Ford Factory Model T factory and showroom, and many of the original components were preserved. Creative solutions were applied to salvage many of these materials, such as the window frames, skylights, and concrete. The previously operational water tank on the roof now displays the WMG logo. Pre-existing clerestories were kept intact, allowing ample natural light to flood throughout the building which, in turn, optimizes WMG employees’ visual, mental, and biological health while boosting productivity and mood. Additionally, keeping the large floorplan and tall ceilings intact helps to facilitate the feeling of movement and openness while promoting a sense of unity. In a space intended to accommodate up to 800 employees, all open offices are equipped with height-adjustable desks and other ergonomic solutions, placing emphasis on wellbeing in the workplace. It was also important for the design to include a variety of working spaces, such as communal tables, lounges, and co-working nooks. By honoring the historical significance of the space and the company that now inhabits it, the WMG project was more than just a relocation. It precipitated a larger cultural shift within the Los Angeles arts community.
On August 27, 2020, the annual Calibre Awards Show was held virtually for the first time ever. The event was streamed on YouTube as the industry watched in anticipation to see which projects won. Categories such as Education, Health & Wellness, Hospitality, and Workplaces, among others, demonstrated the breadth of expertise and talent in Southern California. As always, it is an honor to have projects nominated annually for IIDA Calibre Design Awards, and we are pleased to announce that the Warner Music Group headquarters project won in the “Work Extra Large” category.READ MORE