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Santa Monica Office

"The radical-but-functional design is aimed at distinguishing the client from others in the field." says Sander Architects, LLC on Santa Monica Office.

By: Sander Architects

Architecture-Page | Santa Monica Office by Sander Architects, LLC
Curving glass wall separates client offices from main space.

Project details

  • Project Name: Santa Monica Office
  • Client: West Development Group
  • Project Type: Commercial / Offices
  • Principal Designer/s: Sander Architects
  • Design Team: Whitney Sander, Principal Architect; Catherine Holliss, Interior Design
  • Contractor/s: West Development Group
  • Date of commencement of project: 2005
  • Date of completion of project: 2005
  • Location of site: Santa Monica, California
  • Built-up Area: 1700 sq. ft.
  • Cost of Construction/Execution: USD 70/sq. ft.

Architecture-Page | Santa Monica Office by Sander Architects, LLC
'Constellation' of low-voltage lights seemingly random but placed for both task and general lighting.

Words from the Architect

Santa Monica Office, is a TI project designed to bring high design to the offices of a design-savvy developer in an otherwise unremarkable, "bank-on-the-ground-floor" building. The radical-but-functional design is aimed at distinguishing the client from others in the field.

Architecture-Page | Santa Monica Office by Sander Architects, LLC
Red cabinets provide plenty of storage and provide warmth to the glass-and-steel partitioned offices.

The fist design act involved the ceiling. We removed the suspended grid tiles, revealing an 11-foot height. We painted this a deep blue/black and hung criss-crossing low-voltage lights at 9 feet to create a constellation of lights, random enough to be unpredictable but carefully placed to illuminate working surfaces.

Blood red, angle-sided metal panels run the length of the ceiling of the main hallway, the route taken by clients to the conference room. A wall of dark red cabinets in the main space and above the copiers and file cabinets pull the color from the ceiling panels into the working space.

Architecture-Page | Santa Monica Office by Sander Architects, LLC
Details of ceiling panels.

Private offices were divided from the main space with a curving green glass wall (see red line in detail at left) to provide sound privacy.

8-foot tall raw steel walls separate each private office (bent to accommodate filing cabinets and welded with shelving). The same steel wraps structural columns, was used in the custom-designed glass-topped steel desks and custom bookshelves in the conference room.

Credits

  • Text: Catherine Holliss
  • Photographs: Catherine Holliss

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