Herman Miller/Holdrege Avenue Building
Project Information


This $105/sf renovation on the edge of LA's Culver City transforms three obsolete industrial buildings into state-of-the-art showroom spaces for Herman Miller and another tenant. A primary goal was to provide useable outdoor space in a relatively inhospitable urban environment, both as programmable space and as a buffer to the street and neighboring sites. A third of the existing structure was removed, creating two courtyards and bringing daylight deep into the building through a pair of tall glass walls. A 1980s structure was demolished for further landscaping and on-site parking, and the remaining 28,500 sf building received a full seismic retrofit. Existing materials were stripped and sandblasted to reveal cast concrete panels and the original bow-truss structure with curved plank decking, characteristic of mid-century LA. Wood screens shade each glass wall and portions of the courtyards while bringing the texture and materiality of the interior out to the public realm. A third wood screen forms an entry pavilion, providing a street wall and point of access to the larger courtyard, and standing in contrast with the hard surroundings of this industrial street. Mediating between the finely textured wood elements and the rough concrete walls, corten steel screen clads a portion of the existing building and folds over to shade a tenant entrance. The palette of douglas fir, corten steel and concrete lend the building a warm character, but one at home in its surroundings. Planting with native vegetation links the site to the hillside adjoining the property.<br /> The project received LEED Gold Certification due to a number of progressive design features, from high performance roofing to use of local and recycled-content materials and efficient mechanical systems. But the greenest aspects of this project garner no LEED credit.






Urban Offerings inc.


Los Angeles, CA




31,500 sq ft

Project Team

Carolynn Karp

Christopher Connock

Mitsuhiro Komatsu

Brandon Pass

Nina Reckeweg

Michael Gibson

Erik Brotherton, RA

Chris Mascari, RA

Kristen Alexander

Lighting Designer

Lighting Workshop

MEPS Consultant

Rosini Engineering

General Contractor

Oltmans Construction Company

General Contractor

Howard Building Corporation

Executive Architect


Landscape Architect

Van Atta Design

LEED Consultant

Zinner Consultants

LEED Commissioning

Engineering Economics

Energy Modeling

Brummit Energy Associates