27th Street Warehouse

New construction of a 4,000 square foot CMU building for use as an office and incubator/warehouse space in Signal Hill. The project required substantial site work planning and engineering to access utilities and provide storm water drainage.

The designers took on the challenge of changing boring industrial facilities to vibrant and attractive buildings that would compliment the city landscape. The mass of gray CMU block is broken by red accent stripes of paint and red metal elements. Black storefront windows contrast with the block walls. The red architectural pop-out is both playful and whimsical. It breaks the flat facade introducing an interesting, tilted form. Expansive windows are protected from the southern sun by red metal canopies.

Feinberg’s Warehouse

This project involved the architectural design of three warehouses for an industrial developer.

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.