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Telephone Building
Santa Monica, CA


Mark Motonaga
Michael Martinez
Aimee Less
Thomas Myers


In Progress
The Telephone Building, a 6-story cast in place concrete structure originally built in 1937 as the headquarters of the Associated Telephone Company, will be transformed into a first-class office building. We are currently working with the investor-developer team on a core and shell renovation that includes a new exterior exit balcony and west facade, a new roof deck, updates to the existing lobby and interior stair, and architectural enhancements to the exterior fenestration and building entries.

Working with design constraints that include limited site area, potential historic landmark status, and the continued use of a portion of the building by Verizon Communications, the renovation replaces a non-conforming fire exit with a new exterior exit stair and balcony. The addition of multiple exterior openings onto the balcony allows the corridor to be relocated from the interior to the exterior of the building.
Varying floor to floor heights and resultant variation of stair runs becomes a design opportunity, where a variety of exterior spaces are accentuated by a new balcony, stair, and guardrail system that is integrated into a cohesive new west fa├žade.

The new exterior stair culminates at the top of the building, where the ordinary roof is enhanced with a new exterior deck and planter system that defines various meeting and outdoor gathering spaces for the office tenants on the upper floors. With non-conforming density in a mid-rise section of Santa Monica, the roof deck will enjoy unobstructed views to the sea for many years to come. A new weathered steel entry canopy and exterior color scheme bring life to a historic building, and completes the transformation of an underutilized utility company building into one of the most coveted office buildings in Santa Monica.