Recently acquired by Apple for $3 billion dollars, a three-building campus building was re-transitioned for the office of Beats by Dre, by Los Angeles based Bestor Architects. Bestor Architects aimed to design a more sophisticated workspace for the Culver City, LA office for Beats by Dre rather than the typical brand concentrated ‘fun and games’ kind of Silicon Valley office interiors.
According to the Bestor Architects the office consist of three connecting buildings, building A is the “mothership” and home to sales, marketing, finance and administration. Building B is the hub and home to the mixing studio, café, gym and swing space. Building C is where all the product development and engineering takes place.
The architects of the project stated “The design reflects the varied nature of [the company’s] work from software to hardware, balancing open-plan zones with ample collaborative co-working zones woven through the core of the building.”
One of the double-height atrium is used as a casual workspace, where the walls are painted blue, where the upper walls have voids to provide natural light into the central interior.
The corridors connecting the atrium to the other sections of the office are painted red with cushioned niches on the wall creating seating areas.
The use of natural wood is dominant in the office, parquet flooring, wood panels on the walls and the wooden staircase creates familiarity to the space.
Designer Daniel Rabin says “There is a certain tactility that comes from using natural materials that brings a sense of comfort to the environment. We wanted people to feel at home in the office in order to use the space as best as possible.”
One of the wooden staircases create a walkway bridge over the cafeteria with black and white striped tiles, one other staircase with golden panels on both sides and one other with silver prints on it reflecting the wooden treads creates pathways and walk bridges around the office.
Various sized photographs of LA by Iwan Baan decorate larger workspaces and the conference rooms, the headquarter also includes six project zones designed as whiteboard boxes.
Scandinavian style furniture collections by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, and pieces by Muuto furnishes various spaces of the headcourters, “We used furniture lines from young, up-and-coming designers…Lines that were not widely used in the US, but had some traction in Europe”said Rabin.
Date: 2014Location: Culver City, LADesigner: Daniel RabinArchitect: Bestor ArchitectsPhotographs: Jasper Sanidad