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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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