For this adaptive reuse re-development of a pair of early twentieth-century buildings originally occupied by the Ben-Hur coffee, spice, and tea company, Creative Space is working with DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners on transforming this historic industrial property into a sophisticated, seismically-upgraded, high-end modern office complex perfect for single- or multi-tenant use. In the heart of Creative Space’s spiritual and logistical home, the Arts District, 800-810 Traction both draws from and contributes to the vibrant energy of the area. Started before the pandemic and in process as we speak, this project has given us a remarkable opportunity to see how nimble and flexible we and our partners can be, and to consider what it is about shared space that we all find so compelling. We have adapted quickly and seamlessly to both the way in which we approach the project, and in how we visualize its future.
Our goal is to retain the live/work ambiance of the original buildings while upgrading the structure and the interiors. In this process, we’ve also had to acknowledge the new realities of a post-COVID world. Working together with DTLA-based architecture and design firm Omgivning, we aim to emphasize the building’s existing qualities, such as the spectacular historic windows that add rhythmic syncopation to the corner building’s two street-side facades, and improving the interior so as to both bring the office spaces up to Title 24 building efficiency standards and introduce a light, airy, and well-conceived bank of rentable offices to this fast-developing neighborhood. We’ll be commissioning Hot Cactus LA to create a secret garden surrounding a shared outdoor common lounge, and are developing a multitude of elevated indoor/outdoor moments including a stunning rooftop deck that will invite client meetings, provide a new backdrop for head-down work, and offer opportunities for physically distanced socializing.