Chosen for low maintenance and high design characteristics, Accoya was specified for this wood facade exterior to meet challenging redesign of a space with a strong focus on natural characteristics.
Retrofitting an existing building on the prestigious Melrose Place in Los Angeles to create a new A.P.C. clothing store required more than just great design—it required creative thinking, teamwork, and knowledge of up-to-date earthquake codes. Architect and designer Laurent Deroo, of Laurent Deroo Architects in Paris, commissioned a unique and challenging redesign of the space with a strong focus on natural characteristics.
“Every A.P.C. store is unique and custom. Materials were very important in this store,” says Chris Warren, AIA, LEED-AP, principal of Warren Office for Research and Design, which was chosen by Deroo as the local architect on the project.
The Melrose A.P.C. store has grand oak ceilings, an 11×14 frameless skylight above the fitting rooms, and a luscious garden courtyard with a pivoting glass wall that connects the store into the garden. No paint was used and wood grains were not matched.
The result is a space that appears simple and clean. And yet the challenges behind the design were highly complex. Deroo had specific design ideas for the store, however, he did not know the LA seismic codes. Translating the design for code compliance was left up to Warren and Ernesto Alonzo, president of Los Angeles-based Alonzo Construction.