Burbank Studios, Fairway Building, Los Angeles, California, photo by Marion Brenner, completion 2016. The new workplace recognizes the importance of light and nature as part of a healthy environment. Blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor rooms, this project transforms a former loading dock with selective interventions to create a new avenue of green space.
THE TONIGHT SHOW WORKSHOP HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO A COLLABORATIVE WORKSPACE WITH A DYNAMIC INDOOR-OUTDOOR PATH.
Burbank Studios is a legacy Hollywood broadcasting center and home of the former NBC Studios. Master planned by Gehry Partners, Worthe Real Estate Group redeveloped the 1920’s and 50’s era studios into a 35-acre state-of-the-art film and TV broadcast facility.
Largely an industrial film production center, OJB has re-imagined the face of The Fairway Building, the largest and most central studio building on-site, to include a 630-foot by 40-foot linear courtyard and garden workspace.
The complete east face of The Fairway Building, formerly a loading dock, has been broken into eight programmed terraces which house games, seating and dining areas, micro-lawns, and collaborative seating spaces. The historic awnings which sit atop the plinth loading dock, have been selectively peeled pack to reveal the existing canopy frame structure. Trees sit on structure and at grade to lead guests and tenants into the space, while a vertical vine cable system supports greenscreens to offer a semi-transparent enclosure within the courtyard.
A series of five water features stretching the length of the site provides visual interest and cools the space, while vibrant ornamental planting counters and complements the industrial architecture and creates a welcome respite from the harder surroundings. The courtyards serve as breakout and collaboration space for the three tenants within the building and act as a social and visual hub. The Fairway Building sets the tone for the entire Burbank Studios’ redevelopment, literally and figuratively opening up its doors to the community.