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Part Office and cactus store design greenhouse with tinted polycarbonate panels in Santa Monica

United States Architecture News - Sep 22, 2020 - 12:20   2976 views

Part Office and cactus store design greenhouse with tinted polycarbonate panels in Santa Monica

Los Angeles-based architecture firm Part Office and a cactus store have designed a greenhouse wrapped by tinted polycarbonate panels in Santa Monica, the United States

Named Santa Monica Greenhouse, an elongated greenhouse is dressed by tinted and double-walled polycarbonate panels to provide a dynamic range of reflections, colors, and opacity depending on the time of day and angle of view.

Designed as fragmented volumes from the front, the units provide a separate room for cactuses and various plants to benefit from sunlight. 

Part Office and cactus store design greenhouse with tinted polycarbonate panels in Santa Monica

The greenhouse is the third greenhouse designed in collaboration with the Cactus Store in Los Angeles. It is located adjacent to the Bergamont Station train stop and is situated within a large industrial complex being converted to a retail and office district.

"The project is connected to the client’s office building, located in a former warehouse, and houses their private specimen and large-scale cactus and succulent collection," said Part Office. 

Part Office and cactus store design greenhouse with tinted polycarbonate panels in Santa Monica

"It is one of several additions to the building, each housing a different artisan, sculptor, or fabricator with whom they frequently collaborate."

"To maintain existing egress paths, the enclosed volumes of the greenhouse are located between the office entry doors. The result is a series of “terrariums” of varying sizes, housed under a singular roof," the office added.

Described as pods - these pods have two sets of operable, sliding doors on each internal facade, allowing for an endless articulation of connected or separated spaces. 

Part Office and cactus store design greenhouse with tinted polycarbonate panels in Santa Monica

According to the architects, this also "provides an expanded number of circulation opportunities as well, traversing strictly perpendicular to the office when closed up, or longitudinally along two paths when open." 

The architects wanted to create a play on solid/void, transparent/opaque relationship that is further reinforced by the roof, which has translucent panels above the planted areas, and solid steel above the pathways. 

Part Office and cactus store design greenhouse with tinted polycarbonate panels in Santa Monica

The elevational dimensions of the project were based around the size of these sheets to reduce labor costs and work within a restrictive budget. 

Part Office and cactus store design greenhouse with tinted polycarbonate panels in Santa Monica

An untreated steel mesh is used at the interior faces to allow transparency and airflow through the project, and the main structure is a combination of 3” and 1.5” raw steel tubes to keep all structures and sliders within a single line. 

Over time, the steel will rust, blending it with the tint of the polycarbonate panels, and creating a more monolithic appearance.

Part Office and cactus store design greenhouse with tinted polycarbonate panels in Santa Monica

Part Office and cactus store design greenhouse with tinted polycarbonate panels in Santa Monica

Part Office and cactus store design greenhouse with tinted polycarbonate panels in Santa Monica

Part Office and cactus store design greenhouse with tinted polycarbonate panels in Santa Monica

Part Office and cactus store design greenhouse with tinted polycarbonate panels in Santa Monica

Part Office and cactus store design greenhouse with tinted polycarbonate panels in Santa Monica

Floor plan

Part Office and cactus store design greenhouse with tinted polycarbonate panels in Santa Monica

Axonometric drawing

Part Office and cactus store design greenhouse with tinted polycarbonate panels in Santa Monica

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Project facts

Project name: Santa Monica Greenhouse

Architects: Part Office, Cactus Store

Location: Santa Monica, USA

Date: 2020 

All images © Anna Beeke

All drawings © Part Office

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