5300 McConnell by ShubinDonaldson

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            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ac/ac02b1a0b3a3ee3e5a7cac8b3e7e64c5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />5300 McConnell is a repositioning of a 1984 concrete tilt-up building in the Playa Vista Tech District of Los Angeles with the Centinela Creek Channel as its backdrop.&nbsp;Initially built in 1984, the 73,000 square-foot building offered a generic appearance &ndash; an anonymous solution to an unknown office tenant. 30+ years later the building has a new life, bringing specific solutions to siting and targeting creative office tenants to reinvigorate the space.

On the south façade facing the street and approach, a bright red metal enclosure frames the main lobby entry – a clear wayfinding marker for visitors, and an anchor for the long horizontal south elevation. Dark zinc cladding wraps the outside of the enclosure, further focusing the bright red entry. On the west and east facades are smaller versions of the enclosure marking future tenant entries.

Landscape elements at the building perimeter include a raised planter in front the main lobby, creating a gentle buffer to vehicles and marki…

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