Located in a historic district of South Pasadena, Quadlab is an interior renovation to a ground floor retail space for use as a studio for a small graphic design company. The client sought a contemporary architectural identity to address the pedestrian street, without altering the existing storefront.
The client’s program requirements were to provide four workstations, a reception area, conference area for presentations, and a private space for the office manager. Supplemental requirements were a layout area, space for copy and print equipment, a kitchenette, a bathroom, and a location for network and communication equipment.
The project became an exercise in maximizing the use of a small space. Having only windows at the storefront façade, another perhaps contradictory concern, was that the client desired natural light in the workstation and mezzanine areas without having problematic glare on computer monitors.
We decided to treat the existing building, a given condition, as a “natural” shell in which to insert our “synthetic” intervention. A synthetic color and material palette of orange enamel, blue acrylic, and ultra-light medium density fiberboard, was used to magnify the more earthen palette of the existing red brick masonry, redwood and clear glass of the shell building construction.
1,000 sq. ft. ground floor tenant improvement
300 sq. ft. mezzanine
Ervin Montague Design
Peter Tolkin, Christopher Girt
Kurily Szymanski Tchirkow, Inc. (Structural)