1925 E Maple

El Segundo, CA

Changing the exterior impact from a building from humble beginnings without having to change the entirety of the form is a common challenge when facing the restructuring of retired industrial communities in the ever-expanding urban environment. This approach was to create an element that navigates this update while retaining individual aesthetics for each entry.

El Segundo, CA

Completed 2019

Through the use of a rudimentary shape , the triangle, with rigid structure and flexible application properties, the resulting structure allows for moments of negative space while having a performative function. The construction of the structures are broken into smaller assemblies to allow for simplicity in transportation and installation. With each of these assemblies being able to be pre-fabricated off-site the result has higher quality standards and ultimately a quicker install timeline.

The various pre-fabricated assemblies allow for a variation of execution, this can be clearly seen through the similar yet different results of both sides of the building the installation takes place.

When approaching a new project, we invest significant energy in reimagining the building’s identity and narrative. This is an extension of intensive explorations for performative functions and creating an aesthetic that lends to the buildings physical needs. In 1925 Maple, this manifests in creating “impact” on the two main entries and provides an extension of design between the two entries through the use of skylights. Both entries retain their own individual characteristics in form and color, but they are a result of a similar methodology that integrates outward of the building and into the surrounding context.

In 1925 Maple, we were satisfied with creating a new pre-fabricated archetype adaptable to multiple avenues. In our projects, we are always looking to expand our lexicon of solutions, and 1925 Maple’s result lends to a process that can exist in many future forms in various applications. Redefining a simple building with the use of elegant solutions allow for a unique identity while being resource efficient in regards to sustainability, and reuse.


1925 E Maple :: Sketches

1925 E Maple :: Renderings

Mark Hershman

Christiane Dussa, LEED AP

Adrienne Danet

Benny Chan