BMW Designworks Santa Monica
- Location Santa Monica, CA
- Type Workplace
- Area 12,000SF
- Completion 2022
- Client BMW Designworks
DesignworksUSA, BMW’s global design consultancy group, was looking to move from their previous studio to a more central location in Santa Monica. kdA was approached to renovate a new 16,000SF studio in response to Designworks’ changing methods of design and production, from traditional full-scale prototyping to virtual reality and material explorations. The studio now needed more flexible workspace and immersive client facing spaces.
The response was to consolidate the group’s primary needs into a single intervention as an infrastructural backbone. Organized as a series of client facing conference rooms and an immersive presentation room with a 20’x6’ projection screen. The backbone acts as an acoustic and security separation between guests and the studio’s confidential work, a spine to distribute MEP infrastructure, and a backdrop for the studio.
Facing the studio an articulated surface masks the distribution of MEP infrastructure while integrating acoustical performance in a predominantly open workspace. The infrastructural backbone organizes future flexibility as Designworks evolves and needs upgrades.