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Modern architectural design showcasing clean geometric lines. The structure combines raw concrete walls with a protruding glass-enclosed upper level, offering a stark contrast and an interplay between solidity and transparency. The building is framed by a clear blue sky and manicured green lawns, emphasizing minimalist elegance.
Modern architectural design showcasing clean geometric lines. The structure combines raw concrete walls with a protruding glass-enclosed upper level, offering a stark contrast and an interplay between solidity and transparency. The building is framed by a clear blue sky and manicured green lawns, emphasizing minimalist elegance.

HBO Communications Center

HBO’s Communications Center is a technical and aesthetic win for the entertainment behemoth.

Size 100,000 sf

Location Santa Monica, CA

Services Architecture, Interior Design, Lighting

Sectors Media & Entertainment

Specialty Studios Spark

Modern glass-fronted building with clean lines and minimalist design, set against a clear blue sky and situated in a landscaped environment with green lawns and sparse trees. The structure features a flat roof and expansive windows allowing ample natural light.

When HBO decided to leave their old, 42-story building with excellent views for a low-rise in Santa Monica, their employees were not thrilled. We knew we had to not only create a workplace that met all of their operational requirements for resiliency, redundancy, and power, but also one that visually wowed.

The building they moved into was built in the 1950s, so we looked to midcentury modern design to inform our palette and approach. Limestone, traditionally used but innovatively finished with a horizontal cleft for texture, adorns the elevator lobby. We located the reception lobby in a new addition, a two-story volume with a 60-by-30-foot skylight, which floods the area with natural light. The open-concept workstations blend the sleek, classic lines of midcentury modernism with contemporary touches.

A green roof blends the structure into the surrounding greenery.

Midcentury modern motifs and style keep the building looking classy.

Supports HBO’s technical requirements for resiliency, redundancy, and power.

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