A Warehouse Full Of Disney Magic!
I think it’s fair to say that we all grew up with a little Disney in our lives, some of us with a lot more than others, so when I came across the new Disney Store Headquarters in Pasadena, California which was designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects, I thought I should definitely be sharing it.
As described below by the designers:
The Disney Store Headquarters was a conversion of the historic Royal Laundry Building for The Children’s Place, to create an open and collaborative work environment for 230 employees. Clive Wilkinson Architects, in collaboration with workplace strategists DEGW, created an organizational plan which was articulated with colorful modular systems that became both architecture and furniture.
The existing brick walled structure inspired the creation of brick-like elements for the interior, which allude to the playful building block habits of children. A 20-person ‘Block Conference Room’ is formed on two sides by foam block walls. When the foam modules are disassembled, they become the seating system for 200-person company meetings. A modular honeycomb structure, conceived as a flexible means of managing Disney sample product display, forms a second conference room. The firm’s Honeycomb system was subsequently licensed to the Belgian company, Quinze & Milan, for a commercial market offering.
I do love an good old warehouse conversion project and this one is a winner as far as warehouse conversions go but as an absolute Disney fanatic growing up I have to say that I am slightly disappointed that the space hasn’t really been “Disney-fied”.
Don’t get me wrong, as a warehouse and office project this is awesome but the little Disney princess in me was expecting and waiting for something a little more magical, then again I have to remember the purpose as to what this project was designed for and perhaps grown men and woman swinging on Tarzan ropes, dressed in Princess outfits and wearing mouse ears was never really going to happen. Still we have got the famous mouse ears at the entrance, that’s enough to satisfy the little princess in me.
Photography Credited to Benny Chan / Fotoworks