Image courtesy: Gensler
When Gensler Los Angeles relocated downtown, from Santa Monica, in 2011—peeling open the roof of a 40-year-old bank building at 6th Street and South Figueroa to illuminate a reimagined three-storey atrium with crisscrossing catwalks, vibrant workspaces and a feature staircase greeting visitors at street level (to say nothing of the public plaza in its backyard it revived)—its imprint and impact were instantaneous. It also presaged a wave of adaptive reuse that swept through the district. Earlier this year, Gensler broke through once again, expanding operations to the tower next door (linking the two spaces via aerial bridge) and giving Downtown its first “vertical urban creative campus.”
Connection to neighborhood and community is paramount. “The campus repositions the entire property’s public amenity spaces into a compelling urban social hub right at our front door”, Michael White, firm Managing Director, explains.
From Football and the Global City: LA Focus (Kit Magazine, Autumn 2017)