Friday, October 21, 2016

Eastside Property: Echo Park architects seeking roommates

Photo courtesy Good Idea Studio

ECHO PARK – After leasing a Sunset Boulevard storefront for their new office, architects Louis Molina and Laurent Turin  decided they had enough room to share with other designers.  After spending the summer cleaning up the space,  the architects are leasing  individual desks in their office – at  $400 month. That  price might seems steep for a single desk but Molina and Turin said the rate is in line with  what similar coworking  spaces in the area charge to occupy an updated building.

Molina and Turin of Good Idea Studio said they wanted to avoid creating a “Kinko’s-like” environment found in some short-term, corporate rental operations.  Instead, their take on a coworking  office includes  a raw, minimalist interior and some of the original features of their 1923 space. The $400 a-desk rent includes utilities, storage shelving and a shared work and rest area in a tree-shaded lot behind their 900-square-foot space.

The architects say renting a desk is cheaper than renting your own office and also encourages a sense of community:

For us it is important to foster a community of creative individuals who run independent professional offices but where there is an opportunity for engagement and exchange of ideas. And actually, as an architecture office we really enjoy sharing spaces with people in other disciplines. We have an office in Switzerland where we share a space with other architects and designers and we really enjoy the energy and the collegiality. We are hoping for the same here.

Four desks are currently available.

Photo courtesy Good Idea Studio

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  1. What’s the address of this new office? Good Idea Studio’s address doesn’t match these pictures.

    • Good Studio moved from Echo Park Avenue to its current offices at 1545 Sunset Boulevard. Phone is (213) 250-3625

  2. I’m rather stunned by the brilliance of this concept. It is such a MODERN idea to understand that creative work is at its best a form of performance and that performance work is best undertaken in an open environment where different voices are heard and celebrated. It is also rather stunningly brave of these architects to invite other architects into their inner realm. I suspect most architects, or at least certainly the older generation, would have concerns about propriety and the ownership of ideas. This new openness among the younger generation is so truly inspiring.

  3. I’m a little shocked by the garish green color they painted the underside of those desks… especially for a trained architect. That’s just poor taste. Combined with the overhead tube lighting, that’s not a very warm office spake.

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