AIA|LA Design Awards Tour: A.P.C Melrose Place
Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 6:00 PM
8420 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA 90069

AIA|LA Design Awards Tour: A.P.C Melrose Place

When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 6:00 PM

Where: 8420 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA 90069


Join us for this special tour of AIA|LA Design Award-winning APC Melrose Place led by the Executive Architects: WORD. The tour will feature highlights of the design and discussion of the process followed by a wine and cheese reception!

Project Description:
Winner of an AIA|LA Design Merit Award, the store was cited for its strength in detailing and overwhelming care placed in its design.  From the jury -

"The big details don't hold heaviness and it is perfectly inserted into the urban fabric. The jury really appreciated the craft in creating an experience. The investment, architectural thought and rigor is rare for a project this size. It's beautiful."

The new A.P.C. store is a complete overhaul of the only structure to have entrances on both Melrose Place and Melrose Avenue.  The project features ample day-lighting from high windows and a large frame-less pitched glass skylight, as well as a wall with panes of glass that pivot open to let in the fresh air from a lush courtyard garden.

Details have been rendered in steel rods, metal plate, oak and handmade Spanish tile floors.  The interior is an exploration of subtle texture, light and shadow, while the monochromatic exterior is staged as a silhouette behind the new 22 foot high backlit wood lattice.

In a continuing effort to promote the sustainable principals of the architects, designers and brand, the store utilizes natural ventilation and lighting for a majority of the year.

  • Design Architect: Laurent Deroo Architecte, Paris
  • Executive Architect: WORD, Los Angeles
  • General Contractor:  Alonzo Construction
  • Structural: Gordon L. Polon Structural Engineering
  • MEP: NAB Consulting Engineers
  • Lighting: Luminesce
WORD profile:
Warren Office for Research and Design is a contemporary architecture practice that is driven by a commitment to creative problem solving through the design of spaces . We hold inherent value in the diversity of ideas created in a collaborative design process between our studio, our client and the experts that we surround ourselves with.  It is our belief that only through the flexibility inherent in this process that innovative, comprehensive solutions can be achieved. More info at