Rios Clementi Hale Studios have been selected to oversee the eco-friendly renovations, which is scheduled to be completed in December 2014.
Barry Diller’s media and Internet company, IAC, has committed to an environmentally friendly renovation of its West Hollywood headquarters at 8800 Sunset Boulevard. Design firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios is overseeing the transformation of the building, which has been home to IAC since 1998. The studio’s past work includes The California Endowment Headquarters in downtown L.A., Hollywood & Vine Metro Plaza, The Resort at Playa Vista and the Mark Taper Forum renovation.
Construction has already started on the project, which includes plans for a street-facing, six-story-high sculptural lattice that will appear to be peeling off the building’s facade. Roof-planting expert Paul Kephart of ecological design firm Rana Creek has been tapped to landscape the structure, which will be planted with a living garden of plants native to Southern California. An existing underground flow of recaptured water will be pumped to the plants using a built-in irrigation system, while a digital monitoring system will ensure the plants receive the appropriate water flow and maintain the correct pH balance. The landscaped lattice will also be visible at night, through strategically placed backlighting.
Scheduled to be completed in December 2014, the project also calls for the addition of an open public space in the office building’s entry plaza, complete with custom-designed seating and bike racks. The lattice structure also flattens out in one area to create a green roof for a new restaurant, which will occupy an existing ground-floor space in the building that has sat vacant for a decade. Chef Dakota Weiss, formerly of Nine Thirty at the W Westwood, has been selected to helm the kitchens at the Alan Nathan-owned restaurant, and Studio Design Collective (whose most recent work includes Giada De Laurentiis’ new Vegas restaurant) will overhaul the space.
By Lesley McKenzie – The Hollywood Reporter – 6/12/14 – Click here to view the article on The Hollywood Reporter webpage.