New construction of 5,000 square feet each, CMU buildings for use as an office and warehouse space in Signal Hill. The project required substantial site work planning and engineering to access utilities. The three small warehouses are samples of inventiveness in the field of industrial design.
The geometrical form was directed by the function of warehousing, the amount of cubical feet that the facility requires, and low construction cost for this type of occupancy.
RPP Architects proposed an unusual entry facade adding attractiveness to this functional building. To differentiate from other local warehouses, the designers introduced a wavy roof top and strong diagonal breaks between materials in front elevation.
Four major materials used in the front facade design were CMU, stucco, metal elements of doors and canopy, and glass openings. The most important part in the creative process were relationships of shapes, forms, sizes, and colors of those elements.
The use of white stucco breaks up the massive 30′ high CMU wall. A split line in the middle points to two functions the facility carries: on the left, warehousing with truck access doors inserted in the CMU; on the right, human operations with offices and an entry store front door insert in the smooth stucco.
The developer claims success of buildings design not only on “curb appeal,” but also on sustainable building elements, large skylights for day lighting, and a permeable driveway.