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Pen Factory

This adaptive reuse project transforms a long-abandoned manufacturing facility—a former Paper Mate pen factory—into a multi-tenant creative workplace. Inspired by its location in one of Santa Monica, California's most active creative-office communities, the renovation promotes an open, casual, and flexible work environment for innovative companies.

To create as much outdoor space as possible on the limited site, a landscaped courtyard entrance was cut into the center of the building. A linear garden with semi-private patios runs the length of the building’s south side. Additional windows, skylights, and industrial-scaled glass garage doors bring daylight and fresh air into the workspaces.

Referencing the building’s past, the facade features colorful striations that evoke “pen lines.” The LEED? Gold certified project is accessible by the light rail Metro Expo Line, while a new subterranean parking facility provides capacity for 270 bikes and 700 cars. Bringing new vitality to a dormant site, the Pen Factory has created a friendly and accessible hub for work and creativity.

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