Benchmark Builders Offices and Showroom Culver City, C
The Benchmark project is new construction of a sales, showroom, and warehouse facility for building materials supplier of designer finished products. The building generates 100% of its own power needs. This two-story plus basement steel framed building with 5400 SF of subterranean parking. Consisting of administrative offices, retail showroom, and warehouse space, the design incorporates educational facilities for designers, clients, and contractors, as well as displays of window, door, and hardware material. Starting with a simple tin shed “Butler” building, the design floats an interior platform within, leaving the interior largely open and achieving a striking impression of expansive space. The exterior skin on the front facade is removed to create large display windows. These windows are strategically shaded and enhanced by a wall of industrial brooms, which appear to change from opaque to transparent depending on the angle of observation.