Broadway Mixed Use

Chinatown

 

A 65,000 square foot, five-story, mixed-use building in the heart of Chinatown.

 
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Housing a bank headquarters since the 1980’s, the design repositions the building in the marketplace with creative office, restaurant, gallery and retail uses.  The developer’s goal was to create a fun, dynamic, flexible building that would support small, creative independent business leasing space without a large upfront capital investment.

The existing façade was removed at the street level to accommodate small boutique retail, gallery and restaurant uses which front the street and an open pedestrian walkway through the building to a hidden courtyard space in the rear. Broad steps, a new patio and planting expand the buildings connection to the street. Illuminated artwork in the courtyard encourages pedestrians to walk through the building activating connections to the first floor uses through a network of secondary pedestrian alleys that weave into the busy streets throughout the district.

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Ground Floor

Ground Floor

Typical Upper Floor

Typical Upper Floor

Four floors of creative office are located above the first floor. The original 10,750 square foot floor plate was an efficient “doughnut” circulation corridor to access individual suites. The design concept reallocated the same circulation area into a large lobby space by relocating non-ADA compliant restrooms.

The new lobby creates a more flexible floor plate that can accommodate entrances to between one and six suites. It benefits from borrowed natural daylight and city views through the strategic location of the suite entry doors. Designed to encourage community and chance encounters between neighboring tenants, shared amenities in the lobby include a lounge, a serviced kitchen/bar, a phone booth and shared lavatories located outside the restrooms. The restroom relocation cost is offset by not providing tenants with individual kitchens.

Tenant suites have an entry lounge area, private offices, a meeting room and a flexible open work space. The entry lounge area is visible from the building lobby creating interaction between both spaces. Private offices and meeting rooms are located at the interior building core allowing for flexible electrical and HVAC distribution. Oriented to face open work area, these spaces benefit from borrowed views and good natural daylight through the open areas. Open spaces are located on the building perimeter with fourteen foot ceilings and expansive city views. Simple, modern finishes, fixtures and furnishings are selected to give tenants a neutral framework to make the space their own.

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Images and plans © ORA, photos © Bob Fawcett