Techstars

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Location
Los Angeles, CA
Type
Creative Office
Size
8,000 sq ft
Completed
2016
Photographer
Jasper Sanidad
Project Team
Trevor Abramson, FAIA
Douglas Teiger, AIA
Bjorn Schrader, Dipl-Ing, LEED AP
Kate Balfour, LEED AP
Julianne August-Schmidt
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A Vibrant, Shared Work Space

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Located in the heart of Los Angeles, the project is a joint venture founded by healthcare giant – Cedars Sinai – and leading startup accelerator – Techstars. The two companies teamed up to create an incubator exclusive to bio-tech startup companies. The program provides mentoring services and networking contacts. The shared work space provides a communal environment and high design elements that small startups would not typically have access to.

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The ATA design team was inspired by a molecular diagram, not just in its relevance to the end user’s subject matter, but also by its figurative meaning and its literal form. Much like a complex molecule, the floor plan for the space revolves around a central shared space, the atrium, with multiple appendages that are separate but working in unity. Further, hexagonal shapes are used as accents throughout.

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The design is sophisticated yet bold and features various desk stations, lounge areas, cafes and conference rooms that offer its occupants a choice in their work environment throughout the day. Bright colors provide an inspiring palate while remaining neutral to the dual brands involved.

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With a quick occupant turnover and the need for a multi-use space, the floorplan was specifically created for ease in variable formations. Workstations on the first floor can quickly be transformed into an event space or lecture hall.

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