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Infill project emits light

Photo: Brian Thomas Jones

Aaron Neubert Architects designed a commercial infill project on a narrow site for Pacific Shore Property Management Inc.’s office building in Los Angeles. The 2,500-square-foot property is tightly packed among auto body shops, neon sign fabricators, digital printers and other businesses.

A 2,200-square-foot building, approximately 25 feet wide, 66 feet long and 22 feet tall, was constructed. The floor plan is organized in three parts. At ground level, one section contains a waiting room, conference room, management offices and restrooms. It is clad with White Oak panels.

A second space is a two-story volume with a cluster of white lacquered seating modules. Third, a mezzanine houses staff workrooms and storage areas.

The design needed to meet two contrasting project goals: create open, naturally lit office space and a private, secure, working environment. To meet the goals, a perforated screen was used on the front, street-side façade, and an array of skylights was placed in ceiling slots at the roof.

Aaron Neubert, AIA, founder and principal architect at Aaron Neubert Architects, called the building the Light Box. “We call the project the Light Box for its simple geometry slotted in acknowledgement of the natural solar conditions. The skylights register the time of day through the constantly changing light on the wood interior. Ultimately, the Light Box serves as a device to both capture and emit the quintessential glow of Los Angeles.”

Custom Wrought Iron installed 750 square feet of Western States Metal Roofing’s perforated A606 Corten steel Western Rib wall panels for the screenwall. It also installed six fixed skylights from Velux America LLC. The project was completed in January 2016.