© Vertebrae

Toolbox // Vertebrae

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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A new innovation hub is housed in an existing tilt up construction warehouse. The 21,000 square foot co-working space includes open work areas, two shared kitchens, meeting spaces, private offices and a large gathering and presentation area for events. The 14,000 square foot sister makerspace and prototype lab is an incubator for hardware start-up companies offering 3d printers, CNC machines, laser cutters, wet labs, and a metal and wood workshop.

© Vertebrae

© Vertebrae

© Vertebrae

© Vertebrae

Spaces were opened to expose rafters, concrete floors and walls, and large steel structural elements. A row of large skylights brings natural daylight deep into the open co-work space. Roll-up garage doors allow various spatial configurations.
Wood slatted screens are carefully choreographed throughout to delineate space while maintaining an expansive feel.

© Vertebrae

© Vertebrae

© Vertebrae

© Vertebrae

The rhythm and spacing of the slats are tuned to vary porosity and visibility according to program needs. Eight small, fully glazed meeting rooms are organized in a matrix forming a box-within-a-box configuration. The transparency ensures even, subtle northern light. Circulation lies within the interstitial space between the boxes.© McNulty Photo Credits:- McNulty Photo – Photographer – Matthew McNulty.

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