January 22, 2019

Convene Collaborates with HOK and Gensler on Two Co-Working Spaces in Los Angeles

Over the last decade, Convene has established its signature event and work spaces up and down the East Coast, including locations in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington. When it came time to establish a West Coast presence, the co-working specialist’s in-house design team knew from experience that collaboration is key, and so they enlisted the help of two titans, HOK and Gensler, on a pair of Los Angeles projects.

Heath Ceramics tile enlivens Wells Fargo Center’s pantry, while a bold blue-painted phone room features an About A Chair from Hay and a Blu Dot table. Photography by Bilyana Dimitrova.

First up: two floors of a 1980s office building downtown, at Wells Fargo Center. HOK softened the sprawling 47,000-square-foot interior with Scandi-chic furnishings to create a hospitality-inflected hub that can accommodate 500. “We established a strong architectural datum while introducing a vocabulary of softly curved ceiling elements,” explains Convene head of design and construction Brian Tolman.

Outfitted with Blu Dot chairs and Allermuir tables, a lounge at 777 Tower is partitioned by a New Era Blacksmiths room divider, with Pulp Studios laminated glass framed in iron and blackened steel; the bar pairs Caeserstone with Turkish Rosso Levanto marble. Photography by Bilyana Dimitrova.

One mile away, the brand’s outpost at 777 Tower, a Brookfield Properties building, offers a more art deco-inspired environment. The design of the 20,000-square-foot, ninth-floor space was spearheaded by Gensler. The goal, Tolman says, was “to bring an unbuttoned elegance to a very formal building by introducing modest materiality and bold palettes.” Not to mention a massive “art tube” ceiling mural spanning a hallway that, in a perfect bit of symbolism, connects one common area facing the city’s historic district with another, overlooking new developments.

At 777 Tower, the Nourish Pantry features Pulp Studio laminated glass, a Lee Broom pendant, and an aggregate-concrete countertop. Photography by Bilyana Dimitrova.

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