Second Home Hollywood by SelgasCano adds 6,500 plants to former Los Angeles car park - architecture and design

Second Home Hollywood by SelgasCano adds 6,500 plants to former Los Angeles car park



The pods that Spanish practice SelgasCano has built to form garden studios in Second Home's first US campus resemble a group of huge yellow lily pads from above.
The Second Home Hollywood campus comprises sixty curvilinear offices with yellow rooftops are built on the site of a former car park, alongside the former Anne Banning Community House, which was completed in the 1960s and renovated for the project.
"We're trying to be a home for the 21st century creative entrepreneur," Second Home co-founder Sam Aldenton told Dezeen. "We take it upon ourselves to be as creative as we can possibly be when trying to think what the home for the 21st century looks and feels like."

Each of the garden offices varies in size and shape, with the largest accommodating 25 people. They are partially buried underground to improve their insulating qualities, while translucent acrylic wrapping around the top to allow for plenty of natural light, and offer views outside. "It harks back to this idea we share with SelgasCanos that our best and most creative work comes from natural forms and organic forms, rather than overly contrived human geometry," he added.
The oval-shaped pods are built with cross-laminated timber (CLT), an engineered wood that is formed from layers of timber glued together. According to the team, the project is "the first ever approved use of cross-laminated timber in California".

Inside, the structure is bolstered by large steel beams...
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