When a private equity real estate firm approached Rapt wanting to transform six distinct industrial buildings into a cohesive multi-tenant campus, Rapt decided to combine the two lots they were on and make them feel whole. In addition to designing the workplace interiors of several of the buildings, Rapt provided a facelift to the campus and unified its disparate parts.
Prioritizing the indoor-outdoor connection, Rapt established ground-level and second-story outdoor spaces. Solid walls were opened up with windows and skylights, and a continuous path now winds its way from one end of the campus to the other. New doors on adjacent buildings allow tenants to meet outside and drift in and out of their office spaces. Two fully furnished roof decks provide views of the entire campus, and numerous ground-level patios offer a chance to catch some sun.
Together these changes open up previously closed-off, disconnected spaces, establishing clear sightlines from inside to outside and building to building, revealing activity that would otherwise happen behind closed doors. Luring people outside and inspiring them to connect, it interjects life into the space and encourages tenants to cross paths all day long.
Altogether the improvements were compelling enough that the clients themselves chose to relocate to one of the buildings on the campus, leaving their long-time home base in another part of Los Angeles. They’re joined by several other companies who’ve made a home there, and who enjoy not only their individual office spaces but the campus as a whole.
The World Interiors News Awards showcase the best international design in both current and future projects. Entries for the 2019 Awards are now open - for further information and to submit your entry please click here.