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1996 Los Angeles Business Council Award 

Remodeled Commercial Low Rise (REA Architects, AIA)

In the heart of downtown Santa Monica, a deteriorated former Ralphs built circa 1935 was transformed into Barnes & Noble, now anchoring the northern end of 3rdStreet Promenade. By increasing the total square footage from 17,500 to 42,500 square feet, the augmentation of the interior justifies the adaptive reuse of the building. A partial third floor addition enhances the key elevations along the Promenade and Wilshire while also maximizing square footage. These additions allow for an atrium in the center of the shell, anchored by a glass and steel elevator and open escalators. This exposes the original clear span ‘Lamella’ wood roof system that was saved and is now visible from every floor. With the addition of a 20-0 x 40-0 skylight above, natural light reaches the entirety of the interior and creates a play of light within the space.

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