Brick and the Machine, Culver City, Abramson Architects, Pure Freeform, LUMIFLON USA, Sean Costello Photography

The Brick and the Machine is a two-building complex in downtown Culver City. The distinction between the buildings, the Brick, and the Machine, was a purposeful design by Abramson Architects. The Brick, named for its traditional brick facade, complements historic architecture. In contrast, the Machine is an “operable, experiential façade” that features colorful shifting screens.

Brick and the Machine, Culver City, Abramson Architects, Pure Freeform, LUMIFLON USA, Sean Costello Photography
©Sean Costello Photography

The two buildings share a multi-story courtyard, activated roof deck, and expansive vegetative
landscapes. The collaborative spaces offer an approach that the architects describe as, “This communal territory promotes a sense of ownership and imbues tenants with a sense of collective responsibility that enhances the quality of the urban environment.”

The movable louver system of the Machine allows for temperature and glare control to the building’s interior. The designers/manufacturers at Pure + Freeform describe, “These panels are operable, offering the ability to move the screens and take in the best views of California while offering interior air flushing. Via a dynamic perforation on the panel, perforated and fabricated by Arktura, the material also offers a unique shadow line on the interior that changes throughout the day.”

Brick and the Machine, Culver City, Abramson Architects, Pure Freeform, LUMIFLON USA, Sean Costello Photography
©Sean Costello Photography

The panels in a Machine Blue finish are enriched with Lumiflon resin technology. with Lumiflon FEVE resin offer benefits that many other do not. The provides unmatched weatherability, which helps prevent coating degradation. FEVE-based coatings also help reduce lifecycle costs, as their hyper- allows a coating to resist degradation in the face of UV radiation, salt, and water for decades.

information courtesy of Abramson Architects and
photography ©Sean Costello Photography

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