Designed by Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA, and his Los Angeles-based agency SPF:a, WE3 is a six-story artistic workspace within the commercially sturdy space of Playa Vista, California, colloquially known as “Silicon Seaside.” It’s the third and remaining constructing in a pre-existing industrial campus, Water’s Edge, that boasts 160,000 sq. ft horizontally expressed alongside the western fringe of the location. The constructing was designed for a range of tech clients and firms becoming a member of the artistic complicated throughout a 6.5-acre plot.
The duality between work and play was captured within the constructing’s contrasting facades. Initially requested by the shopper to design on prime of an current car parking zone, SPF:a determined to maneuver an current basketball courtroom and open up the lot. This allowed for WE3 to take the type of an extended hangar on the sting of the location whereas retaining a extra open really feel and courtyard articulation between the brand new and current buildings. The longer sides of the constructing have a patterned facade fitted with corrugated aluminum panels, whereas the shorter sides have a terraced window wall inset from the sting of the facade panels, making a playful interplay with the air and breezes from the seaside down the road. SPF consulted extensively with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger to make sure technical tolerances for growth and contraction had been water-tight contemplating the constructing’s publicity to moisture and proximity to the seaside.
All facade panels had been manufactured by Kingspan from its Morin Matrix 1.0 series. The corrugation is a two-inch squared rib that accommodates hid fasteners. The end on the panels is Kynar 500 in a customized shade designed in collaboration with the shopper. Commonplace panels perforated panels vary from 5′-5′ 6″-by-12′ huge. A specific problem SPF:a needed to overcome was putting in the system stage and plumb with the structural body. It took practically a yr to put in.
Finally, the agency was impressed by the rippling actions of water and hopes that facade won’t solely function a respite for these onerous at work inside however a visible landmark for the town and group at giant.
“The pores and skin therapy or facade of the constructing is a mixture of concepts,” stated SPF:a’s design principal Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA, “the fabric is about referencing—hangars within the sky (choosing up on the historical past of the location) and the dematerialization is an abstraction of the sunshine that dapples the water on the very fringe of land. The constructing additionally has a kind of duality—one aspect very rigorous: our work lives… and the opposite aspect extra dynamic: our play lives. As at all times, I attempt to categorical a website and constructing function by way of its pores and skin/facade whereas the plan and type are tremendous easy.”