Project InfoArchitect: David Thompson, Assembledge+, Los Angeles
Contractor: Eric Dobkin, Dobkin Construction, Los Angeles
Update a warehouse to reflect an apparel company’s creative culture
Add natural light
Use green techniques
An outdoor gear company wanted to update this 1950s building while retaining its raw, industrial feel. Designer David Thompson created open, airy spaces using simple materials.
The 9,500-square-foot building has a new white foam roof that reflects 80% of the sun’s rays. The roofing allowed Thompson to expose and highlight the wooden bow truss ceiling, which had been covered on the interior by foil insulation.
The new operable windows on the building’s south side admit natural light but presented a heat-gain issue, so Thompson added a dual-purpose canopy that provides shade and solar power for the structure.
The judges praised how the designer “reused all the good things” from the existing structure but also cleverly used modern features to create a great working space.
Entry door: custom (aluminum)
Flooring: existing concrete
Interior doors: custom
Siding: painted concrete