Inside Ayzenberg Group

Designed by Corsini Stark Architects

July 30, 2018 | by Tim Gerber

Office Spotlight: 49 East Walnut St

Corsini Stark Architects completed the impressive office design for Ayzenberg Group last year outside of Los Angeles. We spoke with the designers and were able to learn more about this design. 


What’s the first thing someone would notice in this office?

Corsini Stark Architects 

As you walk in you immediately notice the angular geometry and diffuse daylight.


What does this office say about the company you designed it for?

Corsini Stark Architects 

The office shows that Ayzenberg Group is an innovative, cutting-edge agency that thinks differently about the work they do.


Describe the layout of this office. How does this office design encourage creativity, productivity, and team happiness?

Corsini Stark Architects 

The layout is episodic: there is an array of spaces each with distinctive qualities of light, shape, color, proportion. Some feel more contained than others, but always lead to or overlap with another adjacent distinctive space. There is a pattern of open group work areas adjacent to informal and formal meeting areas that is not immediately apparent but becomes clear as one moves through the spaces. Spaces are arranged vertically and laterally to allow sight lines through multiple spaces at any one time. This gives one the sense that there is always another interesting space (and more interesting people)  beyond the space you are currently in. So no matter where you are, one is aware of the larger spatial (and organizational) whole.

Circulation occurs in loops, rather than straight lines, so that eddies form in the flow where people can easily gather in small or large groups.

Open group work areas are limited in size by circumstance as much as design, since the agency is a series of buildings acquired and linked together over time.  Thus there is no large, single open work area. Rather, we have multiple open work areas ranging from 16 to 30 people, some dimly day lit, others relatively bright to accommodate the needs of particular workgroups. The intent was to give people and their team a place of their own without losing awareness of the greater organizational whole.


What does the space do best?

Corsini Stark Architects 

The space clearly links distinctive spatial parts to a larger organizational whole.


What went into choosing the colors and materials for the office’s decor?

Corsini Stark Architects 

In the most recent phase, the idea was to use daylight and geometry as the protagonists in this architectural drama. White walls and ceilings were the best way to express the subtle and varied play of light over this angular geometry. The idea of using the white walls of the main spaces as a non-profit art gallery came later.

Different spaces are given carpet in strong colors to lend them a distinctive identity without interfering with the more subtle play of  light on the walls and ceilings. In fact, in some spaces with more direct exposure, light reflects off the colored carpet and casts that color onto the walls to create a subtle colored glow. The furniture colors were chosen as a set to complement the carpet colors so they could easily be mixed and matched in any space. And, as it turns out, the furniture gets moved around a lot!


What is your favorite part of this office?

Corsini Stark Architects

It’s either the “oracle” (the void space that cuts diagonally through the building, bookended by the bleachers and the clerestory window) or the “promenade” (the top-to-bottom stroll through all the varied spaces of the project).

Photographer: Steve King

Designer: Corsini Stark Architects


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