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Roger TV Tour

May 30, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm PDT

$25 – $35

Roger TV Tour

The client Roger TV, is a young, independent motion graphics and animation studio. They intended to move into a 5,000 sf garment assembly warehouse and their design brief required the space be transformed into a creative workplace. They also required a new 1,500 sf mezzanine floor addition to be inserted within. The existing shell was once a garment manufacturing warehouse with significant shortcomings in building, life-safety and related code requirements. The client required the architectural team to not just design for inhabiting the space, but to upgrading a multitude of existing below-code elements left behind by prior tenants, such as unpermitted structures, inaccessible areas and hazardous materials. The scope required significant coordination with agencies on meeting or exceeding current zoning, building, fire, accessibility, energy and life safety standards.

The space program brief needed to accommodate dedicated creative work areas for 30 animators, 6 producers with 4 private offices, 3 editing suites, 2 conference rooms, 3 new restrooms, a large and high clear area for a green screen mockup shoot area, a central pantry, a lounge and a flexible work space all in 6,500 sqf of an existing shell.

Animation and video culture is as whimsical as it is technologically intensive, therefore our approach emphasized this mixing of two distinct work needs. The design proposed a continuous circulation loop around a central armature nicknamed The Pit. The Pit is a flexible hub for collaboration, eating and lounging needs. Surrounding program areas form a loop a reception area, a lunch/work countertop that dovetails into a seating area, bleachers for visual artists and their producer counterparts to collaborate in, as well as an library and display shelving system. The area was located in the center of the warehouse to spatially divide private and public areas, and mediate both the vertical and the horizontal. A central pantry is accessible from all sides to address the non-hierarchical nature of the space layout. Adjacent to the work area is a staging zone for photo shoots, sized for a green-screen for shoots and mockups. Across to the rear is a glass garage door to allow for heavy loading access, semi-open use and entertainment needs.

The mezzanine houses the post-production portion of the studio, including acoustic editing suites and recording areas. A ship ladder allows occasional access to the rooftop. Restrooms also accommodated an accessible shower space, since many video creatives work nocturnal hours. The materials used to create the majority of design elements are a combination of architectural grade plywood and lacquered board panels, all set on light gauge steel frames. The existing concrete main floor was buffed, polished and sealed. The mezzanine was engineered as a slender steel frame structure with thin profiles due to significant height constraints and clearance limitations.

A key challenge designing for this space was the creation of a diverse settings within a relatively modest floor space. Another major challenge was working within interior shell height limitations in order to surgically insert new foundations, framing and floorplates. We looked upon the overall project as an opportunity to demonstrate the diverse set of skills architects and interior designers must bring to such projects and help benefit the larger built environment we operate within.

Designed By: CHA:COL

Tour Led By:

  • Apurva Pande, AIA, Architect | Principal, CHA:COL
  • Chinmaya Misra, Designer | Principal, CHA:COL

Apurva Pande, AIA, Architect | Principal

Apurva is a licensed California architect with fifteen years of experience in design. He has significant experience with international projects at diverse scales. He has led a roster of work in institutional, commercial and custom residental practice areas.  Prior to that, he worked as an architectural designer at the offices of Frank Gehry, closely involved in the design and development of the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada.  He serves as design faculty at UCLA Extension. He is also a co-founding Board member of a widely- recognized charter school, Metro Charter Elementary School in Downtown Los Angeles.

Chinmaya Misra, Principal, CHA:COL

Chinmaya brings fifteen years of design leadership with extensive experience in large mixed-use, retail and workplace practice areas, both as Senior Associate at the Jerde Partnership and as a Design Leader at Gensler.Her practice experience in mixed-use projects ranges from California to Japan, Europe and the Mediterranean regions.  She serves as design faculty at UCLA Extension and is a co-founding Board member of a widely-recognized charter school, Metro Charter Elementary School in Downtown Los Angeles.

Photo: Jasper Sanidad, 544 Media


May 30, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm PDT
$25 – $35
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AIA Los Angeles


Roger TV
1109 N Virgil Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029 United States
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