Filmcore, a Los Angeles-based film editing and distribution company, is an example of a growing sector of San Francisco’s economy—positioned at the intersection of digital technology, film and television. As part of an expansion, they required assistance developing a new cost-conscious space that would facilitate communication between their editors and staff while also creating a residential-like environment within which to host their ad-agency clients. As part of the program, Filmcore asked that the design maximize natural light and highlight the raw charm of their industrial loft building.

To accomplish these ends, the design employs three key components: 1) an open, “living loft” to encourage casual interaction among staff and clients; 2) a continuous wall of translucent sliding glass doors and fixed panels to provide privacy for the editing rooms and allow light to enter into the “living loft”; and 3) an abundance of residential furniture, built-ins, and incandescent lighting to create a residential feel.

Completed by Eric Robinson while Principal with Melander Architects


IIDA, Northwest Chapter, Merit Award, 2007