ZGF Architects is a design firm with a willfully broad portfolio that includes healthcare and research facilities, academic buildings, mixed-use developments, corporate campuses, museums, transportation facilities, and eco-cities. With offices in Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Washington DC, New York and Vancouver, this company shares an ethos of collaboration, design excellence, stewardship of their natural and built environment and notable client service.
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Aside from being distinguished with more than 1000 design awards, ZGF Architects has been honored with the American Institute of Architects‘ highest award, the Architecture Firm Award, for “creatively translating client needs and desires into elegant, inventive architectural form and establishing a standard of quality to which other firms aspire.”
This incredible firm inspires us every day! Get ready to be amazed by one of our favorite projects in Los Angeles:
Google, Spruce Goose
We all love Google as much as we love design, architecture and interiors right? So let’s imagine a place where you have all of them together!
This historic airplane hangar from the 1940s in Los Angeles is now an incredible home for Google. ZGF‘s brilliant team has completely transformed the interior featuring open workspaces, elevated walkways and exposed timber beams.
The office, named Google Spruce Goose, is located in Playa Vista – a neighborhood close to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The project involved the overhaul of a large trussed hangar built-in 1943 by Howard Hughes – the famous businessman, film producer and pilot – for the construction of the Hercules IV aircraft (also known as “Spruce Goose”).
As the aircraft moved out years ago and is now on display in Oregon, in the 1990s, the hangar was converted into a film production facility. Google began leasing the facility in 2016 and hired ZGF Architects to convert the interior into an office.
“Given the nature of the client organization and the rich history of the building, the project demanded a wholly unique design approach.”ZGF Architects
The adaptive reuse project involved conceiving a “building-within-a-building”. The team inserted floor panels that differ in shape and size. Workers circulate through the dynamic space via zigzag stairs and elevated walkways.
At the edge of each floor, you will find a “boardwalk” with either a lattice or glass railing, adding to the fluid and open atmosphere of the office.
“Hospitality spaces are each designed with a contemporary twist on the iconic style of a bygone era.”ZGF Architects
This company keeps a straight partnership with their clients in order to create designs that help people to solve their most demanding problems while they meet the clients’ key business goals and drivers. ZGF Architects‘ exclusive client process allows them to exceed current requirements while offering longevity and flexibility for tomorrow’s unknowns.