AIA|LA Tours: Hangar Office
Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 5:00 PM
Culver City, CA
AIA|LA Tours: Hangar Office

Date: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015.
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Culver City, CA
Who: Edward Ogosta Architecture

Located just one block from the Culver City Expo Line station and adjacent to the prospering Hayden Tract, this warehouse conversion project provides a new training center for Servicon Systems, a leading provider of sustainable building maintenance services for Southern California's aerospace industry. By resolving the company's challenging sustainability and programmatic goals with an architecture of clarity, the project expresses a new optimism for the organization.

In a nod to the client's business, the architecture of aircraft hangars provided a conceptual touchstone for the design, informing the project's industrial materials, generous interior space, exposed ceiling infrastructure, and simple color palette. The existing warehouse was conceived as a purified container into which a bar-shaped volume, clad in corrugated metal, is inserted. This volume is strategically extruded and subtracted to accommodate meeting rooms, study nooks, storage, and restrooms. The remaining warehouse void serves as a flexible multipurpose space for larger group activities, such as training sessions, receptions, gallery openings, and office-wide meetings. New skylights provide ample natural light, though retractable skylight shades and a hidden motorized theater curtain can completely darken the space for presentations. By creating an abstract atmosphere of ambient intensity, the project frees up workers to explore alternative patterns of use.

The client was exceptionally committed to investing in the highest green measures, most notably: 227 rooftop- and carport-mounted photovoltaic panels, all-new high-efficiency mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, and solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations.

The project has received a LEED-Platinum rating for New Construction, making it the first such building in all of Culver City.

About Edward Ogosta Architecture:
Ed Ogosta, AIA LEED AP is Principal of Edward Ogosta Architecture in Culver City, a young design office specializing in sustainable design of modern residences and office workspaces. Ed's work has garnered numerous accolades, including five AIA design awards at the Honor level, the Residential Architect magazine design award, and Finalist awards from Metropolis magazine, Interior Design magazine, ArchDaily, and Architizer. His work has also been published widely, in magazines such as Dwell, Architect, Angeleno, and MARK, and on dozens of journals online.