type: Adaptive Reuse
client: Smuggler, Inc.
location: Hollywood California
role: Project Manager / Project Designer
Smuggler is an adaptive reuse of an existing 14,000sf two story concrete building in Hollywood. The original building was constructed in 1927 and the main objective was to retain as much of its original character as possible, while opening up the space for the headquarters of a creative production company.
The main concept for the design was to enhance the characteristics of the existing building and open up the space in order to allow one to fully experience the building. Demolition was carefully thought out and executed to allow for a double height lobby that, due to the large floor to floor heights, provided a 35 foot tall space. This space allowed for the creation of a centralized circulation zone that connects both floors of the building, allowing for views across the entire space.
This double height space allowed for a new entry to the building to be cut into the southern concrete wall, reorienting the main entry from the street to the parking lot. A new pergola acting as an interstitial space between the parking lot and the building runs the entire length, terminating at the new rear garden.