Los Angeles, California, USA
Scope: Adaptive Reuse, Interiors
Area: 98,000 SF
Photo: Benny Chan, Fotoworks
20th Century Fox provided Clive Wilkinson Architects with their most challenging entertainment industry project in 1997. Three large West Los Angeles warehouses, originally constructed in 1953 and totaling 98,000 SF, were converted for office use to house Blue Sky/VIFX, a Digital Effects subsidiary. The concentrated technical infrastructure called for major air-cooling capacity, and new HVAC units were mounted on steel platforms suspended over the brick perimeter walls. The interior architecture was planned to express the beautiful old wood roof structures as much as possible. The new steel and glass entry pavilion supported a 25-ton air-handling unit.
After completion, the buildings were used for filming in 2001 as the set for the Fox TV show 24, where they served as actor Kiefer Sutherland’s CTU headquarters.