From ruins to reinvention, existing historical architecture has been transformed and divided into five sections, each with unique industrial details as well as modern architectural features that highlight the site’s rich history.
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01 The Newsroom
Open floors allow for easy flow of creativity and northern light.
1F 58,967 RSF
2F 42,222 RSF
02 Central Plant
Varying levels and layers open up to
the Sky Cut, forming an expansive exterior galley.
1F 35,502 RSF
2F 9,862 RSF
03 The Hub
Outside and inside come together beneath a network of catwalks and conference rooms.
1F 50,907 RSF
2F 24,115 RSF
3F 27,492 RSF
04 The Print Room
Lofty, open-air spaces filled with natural light perfect for non-traditional offices.
1F 47,150 RSF
2F 66,322 RSF
3F 3,728 RSF
State-of-the-art gym with workout and meditation classes.
1F 14,588 RSF
05 Market Hall
Eclectic dining and entertainment opens up into a lively park and entry court.
1F 51,639 RSF
An open-air, landscaped pedestrian pathway inspired by the building’s original breezeway.
Outdoor play area for our tenants’ furry friends.
A canopy-covered coffee bar, newspaper stand and ride share drop off point.
A one-acre lushly landscaped park featuring two cafes, a zen garden, art installations, and a central green for picnicking, recreation and events.
This rail spur that was used to supply paper to the Times warehouse serves now as an industrial backdrop; a reminder of years past.
Convenient storage for bike commuters.
001 _The press
- The press facility in 1968. Courtesy Costa Mesa Historical Society.
Countless stories were chronicled within these walls – reporters on a deadline, whose desks sprawled throughout the space – always within earshot of their editor’s office.
Now, the transformed bullpen encourages teamwork. An open floor seating plan sits in the natural light that shines through the original glass curtain wall, creating the perfect environment for collaboration and innovation.
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The architecture is dramatic and unexpected, inspiring moments of surprise.
002 The press
- Los Angeles Times - circa 1968
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Here generators cast in iron stood tall, creating the energy that kept the entire newspaper running. Men with generations of trade in their blood worked below to keep production on track.
With the machines and men long retired, a spacious and distinctive space has been revealed. The varying levels of the initial architecture provide a unique design. Nearby, a landscaped exterior galley works as both a place of retreat and a central pathway to the rest of the complex.
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003 _The Press
Within these walls, ink was transferred to paper at extreme velocity as the day’s stories became officially etched in history. The process was observed from above within a crow’s nest office that lay just under the fifty-foot high ceiling.
Today, suspended conference rooms and catwalks similarly peek out onto what is now an exquisite atrium serving as a welcoming entrance point. Strategic design opens the space to the elements of SoCal’s temperate environment.
Landscape unites the site and structures, suggesting a sanctuary enveloped by nature.
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004 / the press
The print room
During the printing process, tiny bits of paper are lost to the process and are blown into the Furnace Room located above the press. The shards were funneled into the incinerator and burned off. Today this remnant of the bygone era has been converted into a rooftop cafe.
At the nearby loading dock, the early morning darkness was frequently interrupted by the rumble of the train. Giant reams of paper are unloaded and fed into the giant machines. The dock now stands as a porch, with light streaming in through a latticework of trees and existing canopies. Inside, traces of the printing process live on as architectural features within the multi-level tenant spaces.
005 _The Press
This quiet corner, tucked far away from the hustle and bustle of the newspaper’s core, was once a storage facility, filled with reams of blank paper that would eventually be hauled off to production to document the stories of the day.
Fifty-five tenants – a curated roster of makers and restaurants focused on season and local products — will occupy this 52,000 sq ft social destination, creating two stories of food, drink, and entertainment that make it a perfect place for friends and family to gather. At the entry to the Market Hall, is The Eye, a one-acre park planted with native grasses and oaks and featuring a zen garden with a variety of garden rooms and communal park tables, and a circular central lawn surrounded by large shade trees that can be used for picnicking or recreation. On weekends, the lawn will double as a community gathering space for movie nights, lectures and markets. Nestled in the trees on each side of the central lawn sit two cafes– these glass jewel boxes merge into the garden with large sliding glass doors– blurring the line between inside and out.
The Market Hall experience is being developed by the renowned LAB team — who made their mark on Costa Mesa with the opening of the LAB Anti-Mall 25 years ago, and have since nurtured a vibrant and independent artisan and retail scene within the City.
Indoor and outdoor spaces melt together, forming a vibrant community hearth.