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Los Angeles Office Relocation, HED
Los Angeles, CA
HED Los Angeles Office Relocation
Fully remote adaptation.
A catalyst to create new culture and innovation.
Reflecting the culture and context of LA
The new HED LA office is designed to foster creativity, promote collaboration, and support the well-being of our community. Activity is focused on the HUB: an open space that is the center of activity for the entire office. The HUB extends from one end of the building to the other. On one end is the central production facility, with the model shop/maker space, material library, pin-up spaces, interactive projection walls, and flexible team “war room” areas. On the opposite end is the “front door” of arrival, reception, display area, meeting rooms, lounging and casual seating for clients and staff. Connecting the two ends is the café, with and expansive island that functions as a community gathering space and collaboration zone with adjacent collaboration booths that add another layer of collaboration and community engagement. Free-address and dedicated workstation areas flow around the HUB, and pin-up and spontaneous collaboration spaces extend throughout the entire space. In addition, areas of more quiet focus ranging in size from individual to 2-4- and 4–6-person small huddles, to large and extra-large conference rooms are easily accessible from every part of the office.

COVID-19 hit in the middle of development of our design, and rather than stop or continue business as usual, the HED team used the challenge as an opportunity to study what the post-COVID-19 workspace could be. The design team’s focus changed from thinking of the office as a space to house all employees under one roof into a space to provide a HUB that reflects the HED LA culture. The team pivoted to augment the ability for the space to inspire and innovate. Private offices were eliminated, shared spaces were increased, and the entire office space was transformed into an active, collaborative HUB that attracts staff back to the office for the type of work it supports.
Oriented around the theme of “Actively Transforming” the space fluctuates from focus to rest and play with huddle and focus zones, a maker lab and material library and flexible HUB.
Designed to support both focused work and a cross-pollination of ideas, workstations and strategically placed “collaboration zones” including flexible meeting, huddle, and specialty spaces are peppered around the perimeter of reception and the HUB.
Dual circulation encourages interaction and collaboration amongst disciplines while democratizing access to natural daylight, with access to windows and views for over 90% of occupants in the space.
Varied huddle and hoteling options provide options for both interaction and solitary space with height adjustable sit stand desks.
The interior planning incorporates natural light, active circulations, and acoustic considerations to encompass the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of the occupants as well as the productivity.
The firm’s commitment to sustainable practices is reflected in the approach to energy efficiency, rapidly renewable materials, and the project’s pursuit of the WELL standard.
As a result of the pandemic, we have developed a new relationship between ourselves and the workplace. Our new office space reflects this relationship with a focus on Creativity, Community and Collaboration within an activity-based workspace.”
Brent Miller
Managing Principal
A catalyst to create new culture and innovation.
Los Angeles Office Relocation, HED
Los Angeles, CA
Fully remote adaptation.