By Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID; CMG
Walker Zanger is a leader in the world of tile and stone. Of course, the world expected great things from them as they designed their new corporate headquarters located in Los Angeles. And the world will not be disappointed. Form, function, graceful design, and innovation come together in this hallmark building which houses their offices, conference room, slab gallery, and photo studio.
“The spatial design and shape of the new headquarters was driven by our day-to-day functional and operational needs,” said Walker Zanger Executive Director of Facilities Design, Kim Bernard. “We wanted clients to enter into a central point that became a terminus, allowing them to go directly into the showroom or have direct access to a conference room—all without disrupting the flow of traffic throughout the building.”
To say this new-build is state-of-the-art would be an understatement. The new facility is equipped with LED lighting and skylights throughout, electric car-charging ports, bicycle storage lockers and drought-tolerant landscaping. Its two-story lobby features a grand staircase and 20-foot-diameter, custom-designed floor medallion made from a single piece of waterjet-cut limestone—an amazing accomplishment. The 91,000-square-foot indoor warehouse includes an elegant “Slab Gallery,” a 523-foot indoor crane, and wire-guided order-picking system that allows for narrower aisles and more room for product.
One can safely say that the WZ now has a corporate home equal in stature to their artistic product line. Well done on so many levels.