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Kimmo Sahakangas

Kimmo Sahakangas

Torrance, CA, US

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'Pillbox' warehouse repurposed as retail use
"Pillbox" warehouse repurposed as retail use
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Gateway Crossroads / 2009-2012

An adaptive reuse strategy was the conversion of an office, manufacturing and warehouse facility to retail and trade school uses on a prime site with freeway visibility. The project is located within the "shoestring" of Los Angeles, connecting the city to the port; however, the adjacent boulevard is a gateway to adjacent and diverse city of Gardena. The pre-leased retail space to national chains follows a previous conversion phase from office to trade school. Located in an otherwise drab environment, "garish" carnival colors were intentionally selected to engage the vehicular passerby. A palette reminiscent of colorful 1960s discount stores is a nostalgic cue from childhood memories. A pad building addition will be featuring a sit down restaurant which is lacking in the community. Infill eateries will be established in the shop space below the second and third floor school which have access under a louvered trellis structure.

 
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Status: Built
Location: Los Angeles, CA, US
My Role: Senior Project Architect / Lead Designer

 
A louvered trellis structure now accompanies the converted office 'glass box' with shop spaces / the structure also incorporates a large sign board for multiple tenants and canvas awnings to enliven the shopping activity / it is not connected to the existing building due to potential seismic impacts / its entirety is supported by a single grid line of tube steel columns
A louvered trellis structure now accompanies the converted office "glass box" with shop spaces / the structure also incorporates a large sign board for multiple tenants and canvas awnings to enliven the shopping activity / it is not connected to the existing building due to potential seismic impacts / its entirety is supported by a single grid line of tube steel columns
Rear of existing stucco cladded office component converted to private college/ Existing facade with ribbon glazing is cosmetically enhanced with a grand scale entry motif for an otherwise unidentifiable door
Rear of existing stucco cladded office component converted to private college/ Existing facade with ribbon glazing is cosmetically enhanced with a grand scale entry motif for an otherwise unidentifiable door