Burton Offices and Solo Bookstore
Solana Beach, California
Luce et Studio
Through design, this studio reiterates
the creative mission of its occupants
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This project resulted from a unique partnership
between designer and clientlandscape architects Bill
and Abbie Burton. Burton Landscape Architecture sought a studio
environment for its 18-member firm that would express their
design sensibility and inspire creativity and productivity
within their office. As new owners of a prominent building
in a popular district, the Burtons had a strong desire to
interact with and contribute to the design and business community,
so they opened Burton Gallery and a retail shop called Solo,
which are both part of their studio.
The original 100-foot-by-100-foot raw
shell of concrete block with a 25-foot-high barrel vaulted
ceiling supported by substantial wood trusses was left exposed.
The "peeling back of layers" created the opportunity
to add a series of steel, glass, plywood, and rubber strata,
which are layered and juxtaposed in different combinations
to achieve an engaging dialogue. The scale, thickness, and
texture of materials vary and form the basis for each of the
architectural elements and custom furniture pieces that define
the character of the space. This careful attention to detail
creates an intimacy of place within the immense volume.
Massive frames of structural steel were
inserted to create a demising wall that separates retail from
studio/gallery. Layers of plywood set low on this wall establish
a visual boundary between uses. Glass panels float above allowing
a clear view through the curved roof trusses. One feels the
expanse of the room from any vantage point. The notion of
scale became a major focus of the design concept. The entry
area functions as art gallery, reception area, and a casual
setting for office gatherings. This design studio and its
surrounding functions embody within them the essence of the
original purpose: to make a place where the creative act is
Burton Offices and Solo Bookstore at 304 South Credos
Solana Beach, Calif.
10,000 sq. ft.
Bill Burton, Abbie Burton
Luce et Studio
1037 J Street
San Diego, Ca 92101
Clockwise from top center: Jennifer
Susan Garret, Amy Larimer, Sharon Stampfer,
David Schafer, Vanessa Bartko, Mauricio Lusso.