Inhabiting the Historic and Modifying the New

Abramson Architects as Architect

A new ground-up building in the center of Downtown Culver City engages the creative energy and collaborative spirit of its cutting-edge inhabitants by providing two distinct office environments – The Brick and The Machine.
Brick-&-Machine-Website-Layout-2017-CW_01.jpgBrick-&-Machine-Website-Layout-2017-CW_03.jpgThe Brick features a dynamic shift between large, building-scale window openings and a finely textured, human-scale materiality. The exterior façade aims to compliment the many historic landmarks in the area that are largely made up of traditional brick.

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The Machine features an operable, experiential facade that allows inhabitants to take full advantage of Southern California’s consistent and temperate climate. The ever-changing nature of the exterior screens represents constant progress and shifting ideas while offering practical solar heat gain and glare control.

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Together, Brick and Machine share expansive vegetated regions including a multi-story courtyard and an activated roof deck.  This communal territory promotes a sense of ownership and imbues tenants with a sense of collective responsibility that enhances the quality of the urban environment.

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The rooftop lightwell and operable balconies incorporate natural lighting and ventilation strategies, both known to increase employee engagement and productivity.

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