HGA San Diego Office Renovation
Lawrence Anderson

Conference SeatingBernhardt
Solem table
メーカーBernhardt Design
Open Work Area CarpetInterface
Task Seating & Monitor ArmsHUMANSCALE
Conference Room CarpetTarkett
Reception SeatingCarl Hansen & Søn

Conference Seating
Bernhardt さんの Solem table
Bernhardt Design さんの Kylo
Open Work Area Carpet
Interface さんの
Task Seating & Monitor Arms
Conference Room Carpet
Tarkett さんの
Reception Seating
Carl Hansen & Søn さんの

HGA San Diego Office Renovation

HGA 建築家 として

Located in the historic Mission Brewery Plaza, home of the first brewery in the U.S., designed in the Mission Revival style, HGA’s new San Diego office strengthens a robust California practice, joining four other offices in the state — Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Jose.

photo_credit Lawrence Anderson
Lawrence Anderson

The design features a simple sequence of spaces to promote a growing practice, organized into three areas: meeting, studio, and service. Visitors to the office enter a flexible, collaboration-focused space, free of a traditional reception desk. A glass wall with drapery separates the entry from a meeting space intended to receive guests and provide a place for teams to gather. Continuing past the meeting space, the studio is housed in a single open space, representing where everyone gathers to create “under one roof.” The studio is open and voluminous, accented by functional pin-up walls and flexible furniture. Bookcases nestled under the pin-up wall house project and materials storage. Finally, the service area is separated from the studio with a series of enclosed spaces including phone rooms, a wellness room, and IT services. The kitchen is semi-enclosed and acts as a flexible meeting space meant to be activated outside of typical kitchen use. A back door exits to adjacent, landscaped outdoor space.  

photo_credit Lawrence Anderson
Lawrence Anderson

Sustainability and well-being were considered throughout, including the use of a minimal palette to limit the project’s carbon footprint, thoughtful consideration of the material specifications to limit toxins, integration of local planting to support biophilia, height adjustable desks in the studio, and energy-efficient lighting.  

photo_credit Lawrence Anderson
Lawrence Anderson

The new workplace provides key functional elements with minimal architectural intervention, in order to retain the building’s historical character. The design aimed to treat the existing building as an archeological site — maintaining the textural brick, exposed structure, and wood paneling that existed while strategically placing solid and void elements where they could serve the essence of their function. Critical alignments of glass and void are also used to create visual connectivity throughout the double height space and to allow natural light to permeate from the large exterior windows. A key moment is highlighted by the ribbon of pin-up wall in the studio that intersects the conference room and becomes the surface to provide technology — a visual representation of the analog and the digital nature of the practice of architecture. 

photo_credit Lawrence Anderson
Lawrence Anderson


Architects: HGA

General Contractor: Burger Construction 

Furniture Dealer: Pivot Interiors 

Furniture Dealer: bkm OfficeWorks 

Photographer: Lawrence Anderson

photo_credit Lawrence Anderson
Lawrence Anderson

Materials Used:

Workstations: Herman Miller 
Task Seating and Monitor Arms: Humanscale 
Conference Tables: Enwork 
Conference Seating: Bernhardt 
Reception Seating: Carl Hansen & Son 
Cafe Seating: Herman Miller 
Drapery & Wall Panel Fabric: Kvadrat 
Carpet: Interface (Open Work Area), Tarkett (Conference Room), Shaw (Wellness) 
Lighting: Selux 
Window Shades: Mecho 

photo_credit Lawrence Anderson
Lawrence Anderson