Abandoned and blighted, a shuttered used-car dealership sat dormant on a forgotten semi-industrial parcel adjacent to Culver City’s edgy Hayden Tract.

Project Name: The Platform Design District
Studio Name: Abramson Architects
Project size: 220000 ft2
Completion date: 2016
Building levels: 3
Location: Culver City, United States
Photography: Nicolas Marques, Benny Chan

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Front View of Building ©Nicolas Marques, Benny Chan

The site’s colorful history dates back even further, to the 1900s when it served as a major railroad station and freight yard. Rather than turn its back on the past, the design and retail hub celebrates the city precinct’s recent past in all its sometimes gritty charm.

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Exterior View ©Nicolas Marques, Benny Chan

Sparking a Revival.

Once considered an “unpolished gem” by the development team and architects, the reimagined site is now a convergence of fashion, art, and culinary talent. The Platform complex spans six buildings and features a central courtyard along with other garden nooks interspersed throughout.

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Top View of Building ©Nicolas Marques, Benny Chan

Its one-of-a-kind architectural setting is a resurrection of prior operations, celebrating its uniqueness through various architectural diversities while holding true to a definitive overall vision.

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