Spanish architecture practice SelgasCano transformed a former Hollywood parking-lot into a sprawling co-working complex that will house 250 companies. It has previously worked with Second Home to create other spaces in London and Lisbon.
In Los Angeles, the architects filled the site with sixty oval-shaped office pods of varying sizes, which are topped with bright-yellow rooftops that resemble a cluster of lily pads when seen from above.
The site has been populated with more than 6,500 plants and trees from 112 species native to Los Angeles, in order to create a tranquil working environment for members.
The site also incorporates the former Anne Banning Community House, a historic 1960s building which SelgasCano renovated to accommodate 30 additional office spaces for Second Home members.
The ground floor of the building features a number of spaces that are open to the public, including a branch of Second Home’s bookshop called Libreria, a restaurant, outdoor terraces and meeting rooms, which local charities and nearby residents can use for free.
To celebrate the opening, Second Home rebuilt SelgasCano’s 2015 Serpentine Pavilion at the nearby La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.
Second Home collaborated with the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) to move the colourful structure to the site, where it was used to host a programme of free public talks, film screenings, and other events.
The pavilion comprises a series of metal arches wrapped in plastic that form a variety of enclosed spaces flooded with coloured light.
In August, Dezeen collaborated with Second Home to host a talk in the pavilion between designer Thomas Heatherwick and Dezeen’s editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs.
Second Home was founded in 2014 by co-working entrepreneur Sam Aldenton and Rohan Silva, a former special adviser to then prime minister of the UK, David Cameron.
This video was shot by Dezeen for Second Home in Los Angeles. Photography is by Iwan Baan.
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