Hayden Place, located in Culver City, California (a suburb of Los Angeles) was designed by Cuningham Group Architecture for REthink Development to serve as the international design firm’s new home office space.
Targeted for LEED Gold, the sustainable features of the 11,650 square-foot building, which was converted from an existing warehouse, include repurposed shipping containers, light sensors, efficient energy systems, natural lighting and fresh air “trickle” ventilation. Additional air filtration is provided by an indoor garden that features adaptive and native plants and is maintained by office employees.
Hayden place is situated on land that was formerly used by Selznick Studios and Desilu Studios, near Expo Light Rail stops and a bicycle path. The rear facade of the building is directed towards a residential development where an outdoor vegetable garden will be planted.
Established by John Cuningham more than 44 years ago, Cuningham Group champions sustainability through the development of criteria by which they evaluate the overall success of their projects: The “Triple Bottom Line” sustainability business model of “People, Profit, and Planet” communicates their believe that all projects should be evaluated based on sustainability from an environmental level, be good business for their clients, and have a positive impact on the community and society as a whole.
“Our new office is the perfect reflection of Cuningham Group’s culture,” said the designer of Hayden Place, Jonathan Watts, Principal at Cuningham Group, in an interview with Culver City Patch. “Its open floor plan and high volume spaces are drenched with natural light. These not only foster a creative and collaborative work setting, they are essential elements of the building’s energy-efficient systems and smart use of technology.”
Cuningham Group currently has several project in the works that will be certified LEED Silver, Gold, or Platinum. Completed LEED projects include St. Jerome Parish in Westchester, California (the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ first LEED certified building), Nilan Johnson Lewis Office, Watertown-Mayer Elementary School, and San Joaquin Bank Branch (LEED Gold).