Culver City Creative

Envisioned for the rising demographic of creative workers, C3 is a heterogeneous office building that challenges preconceptions about workplace design. Its seven stories of varied height can be built inexpensively and with flexible provisions for tenant growth. Exposed infrastructure invites opportunities for interaction and creative impact, and tenant spaces include porches overlooking the mezzanine and surroundings, which can also serve as public platforms.
Parking connects to two floors via flyover bridges, and walkways span in nontraditional ways, drawing tenants together into a shared, hackable environment. Elements not traditionally paired with work are woven together in C3, redefining the category to achieve greater volume, variety and flexibility.
Relocating tenant suite interconnecting stairs outside of the building not only allowed the landlord to maximize lease-able interior space, but brought this element out of the conditioned volume of the building. These dis-conditioned spaces relieve the building infrastructure from needing to heat and cool them. Combining this strategy with the connection to the parking structure provided the additional benefit of giving second, third and fourth floor tenants their own front doors.
Exterior glazing areas were fitted with garage door style windows allowing tenants to open up the building to the fantastic climate for more than 85% of the year.
Complementing these openings is a series of twelve-foot deep continuous balconies along the entire east and west elevations to reduce solar heat gain and to achieve higher energy performance allowing free ventilation even during the warmer months as well as providing tenant communal outdoor spaces.
C3 by Gensler in Culver City, CA

Project Details
Architect: Gensler
Completion: 2017
Size: 320,000 sf
Location: Culver City, CA
EUI: 28.0 kBtu/sf/yr

Awards
2019: LA Business Council
2018: USGBC, LEED Gold
2018: The Architect’s Newspaper, Best of Design Awards, Honorable Mention
2018: ENR California Best Project
2018: SCDF Design Award
2017: Westside Urban Forum
2017: American Concrete Institute, Outstanding Achievement in Concrete Construction

Image Credits
Gensler
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