Grimshaw designs “vertical campus” for LA production studio

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UK firm Grimshaw Architects has designed a 16-sound-stage production campus in Los Angeles’ arts district for East End Studios.

The Arts District Los Angeles (ADLA) campus will be located on a 15-acre industrial site and will contain 300,000 sq ft of workspace and 100,000 sq ft of production support space connected via a series of terraces and walkways.

At street level, a “basecamp” will allow trucks, equipment and actors’ trailers to move between the sound stages and production areas.

Described by Grimshaw as a “vertical campus”, it will integrate the high facades needed for studio production into the surrounding streetscape.

The project’s design references the industrial heritage of the area, and modularisation will be used to decrease construction time.

When completed, the project will accommodate 1,000 jobs.

Andrew Byrne, a partner in Grimshaw Architects, said: “The ADLA campus is evolving the traditional development of sound studios.

“Campus connectivity and city context has driven Grimshaw’s approach to the site, which holds industrial heritage and will accommodate a digital future. The opportunity to work on a project that is part of our own direct community, with Grimshaw’s Los Angeles studio only a handful of blocks away, is particularly exciting."

A development application for the ALDA project has been filed with the City of Los Angeles.

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