International design firm Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. (Cuningham Group®) has a brand new set of offices right in the heart of Culver City’s Hayden Tract commercial district.
Named Hayden Place, the building is targeted for LEED Gold certification, due it its sustainable features including repurposed shipping containers, indoor and outdoor gardens, light sensors, trickle vents and other efficient energy systems.
The 11,650 square-foot building was converted from an existing warehouse on land formerly occupied by Selznick Studios, home of Gone With the Wind's Tara plantation, as well as Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's Desilu Studios. Hayden Place is also situated near the Ballona Creek bike path and the La Cienega/Jefferson Culver City Expo Line light rail stops.
“Our new office is the perfect reflection of Cuningham Group’s culture,” said Principal Jonathan Watts, who designed Hayden Place. “Its open floor plan and high volume spaces are drenched with natural light. These not only foster a creative and collaborative work setting, they are essential elements of the building’s energy-efficient systems and smart use of technology.”
Some of the building’s most striking features include large glass windows and doors at the entry and rear of the building. There is also a circular interior structure that houses two conference rooms.
“Its train-like shape is a thematic nod to the new Expo Rail that runs almost parallel to Hayden Place,” said Watts in an official statement. “This is one of the many features that create such an exciting vibe allowing our entire team to thrive here.”
Other features include an indoor, native-plant garden that filters the office air. There is also a vegetable garden planned for the office’s “backyard,” which borders a residential development, and the kitchen encourages family-style mealtimes and gatherings.