suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
aleris RODGERS+francesco VALENTE-GORJUP: The Culver City Innovation Center caters to budding designers and inventors, providing them with work and display space, as well as the services necessary for them to conceive, design, fabricate, and market their inventions on site. In order to make the workshops as accessible as possible to the studios, we stacked the shops vertically in a central core and wrapped the studios around them. The glazed shops are interconnected both internally via private circulation and externally by a more public atrium, meant to increase awareness of activities taking place in other levels of the shop core.
We also sought to design as much flexibility into the studio spaces as possible. We thus proposed a felt partition system to subdivide the studios as need be. Our Center caters specifically to the high-tech industry, and we sought to locate as many services and as much equipment as possible in our 5-foot thick floor slabs, which were structurally necessary due to the great spans between the three main structural cores. These “high-tech” slabs free up the floor plates of clutter by containing most of the mechanical systems such as heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting, hanging and sound dampening systems as well as electrical outlets and an infrastructure in which to plug 3d scanners and rapid prototyping equipment.
Another primary interest in our scheme was to incorporate the landscape into the building. We chose to develop more of the site than necessary in order to create a dynamic landscape that would mark the Innovation Center as a local landmark and community center. We then dedicated 1/3 of each floor plate to planted landscapes, which rotate up and around the shop core and studios. These planted areas are imagined as a secondary workspace (they contain conference centers and wi-fi hotspots), a space where community and designers can mingle.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
aR+fVG: WV Phaeton plant, IKMZ BTU Cottbus (H&dM Library), Anish Kapoor, Craig Hodgetts.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
aR+fVG: Hot Chip, Radiohead, Ratat, Metric, JM Coetzee, James Bond, www.p2p.com.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
aR+fVG: H&dM, Bittertang, Francois Roche, Brooks Salzwedel, Terunobu Fujimori, Snohetta.