FORM on Design: Ehrlich Architects Reinvent the Work Environment


Ehrlich Architects' new elevon at Campus El Segundo brings residential design ideas to the business world. Rendering courtesy Ehrlich Architects.

Ehrlich Architects’ new elevon at Campus El Segundo brings residential design ideas to the business world. Rendering courtesy Ehrlich Architects.

Ehrlich Architects – internationally recognized for modern custom homes as well as a broad range of arts, civic and mixed-use environments – has broken new ground again. Its latest project in Southern California applies innovative residential principles of comfort and community to the business setting. The commercial development, elevon at Campus El Segundo, combines a neighborhood-like design with the rare ability to purchase and control one’s own work environment.

“These are condominium offices as well as individual buildings. Units have their own private outdoor areas, and share amenities and conveniences within a neighborhood context,” says PartnerSteven Ehrlich.

Business owners purchasing their own offices receive the level of quality they expect from their own residences. Ehrlich adds, “For elevon owners, the comforts of home include everything from private patios and balconies, and roll-up garage-door openings for indoor/outdoor interaction, to the ability to bring their dogs to work. And just a short walk away is an inspiring work community, connected by an expansive outdoor Common Green, with restaurants, al fresco gardens, fire pits and walking paths.”

The real estate market recently has seen an explosion of work environments for “creative” tenants, many adapted from former industrial spaces. But elevon is unique in Southern California: it is the only new, for-sale, creative office space in an innovative campus environment with ground-up construction. 

“The architecture evokes a refined and contemporary sensibility that is residential in feeling,” said Patricia Rhee, AIA, Design Principal for Ehrlich Architects.  “We’ve created a village of individual workspaces that share a common open green—where people can step outside of their patios and engage with their neighbors and colleagues in a relaxed park-like setting. It speaks to the way creative companies like to work today.”

The new space offers a flexible working environment. Rendering courtesy Ehrlich Architects.

The new space offers a flexible working environment. Rendering courtesy Ehrlich Architects.

By Jack Skelley

Elevon is the latest phase of the 46.5-acre Campus El Segundo mixed-use environment: a 210,000-square-foot office community complemented by 13,500 square feet of high-end restaurants and retail. Spaces within the 15-building campus range from 2,000 to 28,000 square feet and include the opportunities to purchase entire buildings. elevon is developed by Continental Development Corporation and Mar Ventures, Inc. It is masterplanned and designed by Ehrlich Architects with Ware Malcomb as the executive architect.

Ehrlich Architects extends the traditions of California modernism through an approach that fuses new technologies with cultural and environmental sensitivity. Elevon’s 15 buildings have varied footprints and buildings can even be combined to create a larger area. They rise no more than two stories high, and are rotated to create a variety of roofscapes that enhance the neighborhood-like feel. The contemporary design features standing seam metal roofs and walls, wood elements and large glass openings for an aesthetic that is both diverse and unified. Interiors – filled with natural light – include concrete floors, operable windows, garage-style, glass roll-up doors and exposed-wood ceilings and steel trusses.

The design addresses contemporary trends with people spending less than half of their day at their desks. Business has become about working where you want—be it inside an office, up on a rooftop deck, or somewhere under a shady tree. Elevon’s fluid, indoor-outdoor, Wi-Fi-enabled campus is designed to satisfy the diverse needs of today’s employees.

Elevon’s designers and developers also recognize that happier workers are more productive workers. Additional amenities include on-site restaurant and a central green space for exercising or relaxing.

Walk-Through the Space to Come
Steven Ehrlich will discuss his elevon designs at Urban Land Institute Los Angeles’ Case Study & Site Tour: elevon at Campus El Segundo, Thursday, Oct 2, starting at 7:30 a.m. He will be joined by representatives of the development and leasing teams.





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