Grimshaw Reveals Designs for Studio Production ‘Vertical Campus’ in Los Angeles Arts District


Grimshaw Reveals Designs for Studio Production ‘Vertical Campus’ in Los Angeles Arts District

Grimshaw Architects has revealed the design for a 16 sound stage studio production campus for the independent company Eastern Studios. Located on a 15-acre former industrial site in Los Angeles’ arts district, the campus will provide creative work buildings and production support spaces connected by a series of terraces and outdoor walkways. The project responds to its location and context by moving away from the traditional studio layout and opting instead for the creation of a “vertical campus”. This composition creates a more open public relationship with the downtown district while ensuring that all campus facilities are well connected.

At street level, the base camp provides logistical access to vehicles, so that actors’ trucks, equipment and trailers can move safely between sound stages and production spaces. The campus also benefits from its location, which provides direct access to several public transit routes. The studio production function usually requires tall facades. In order to integrate them into the surrounding urban landscape, the architects chose to break down the large volume of the building and create active spaces for the public.

Campus connectivity and city context have guided Grimshaw’s approach to the site which holds industrial heritage and will host a digital future. The opportunity to work on a project that is part of our own direct community, with Grimshaw’s Los Angeles studio just a few blocks away, is particularly exciting. – Andrew Byrne, Partner at Grimshaw

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The area’s industrial heritage is referenced in the design. The modularization of the building should increase the lifespan of the structures and contribute to the sustainable development objectives of the project. The redevelopment of the site also aims to contribute to the growth of the local economy. The work-life district combining creative, commercial and residential spaces will provide approximately 1,000 jobs. Following the city’s request, the project has a target completion date of 2026.

Grimshaw is an international architecture firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Dubai, Melbourne and Sydney. Recently, they announced plans to redesign and expand Union Station in Washington and develop a campus for the Futures Institute at Dollar Academy in Scotland. The company has also launched a charitable foundation to provide access to creative learning tools for a wide range of young people.

Project credits:

  • Client: Eastern Studios
  • Architect: Grimshaw
  • Landscape: Studio MLA
  • Structural Engineers: Englekirk
  • MEP engineers: Meyers+
  • Civil engineers: Langan


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