The Lakers are developing a 120,000-square-foot building, to be located in El Segundo, California, to consolidate the franchise’s basketball and business operations under a single roof for the 16-time NBA Champions. It is slated for completion in late spring of 2017.
The Lakers have been run by the Buss family since Dr. Jerry Buss bought the team in 1979. The team currently practices at The Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, along with the LA D-Fenders and Los Angeles Kings.
It was important to the Lakers for the design to reflect their values and create synergy between all aspects of their organization.
Our design team held several immersive workshops with the Lakers’ and D-Fenders’ staff to explore their goals and vision. The design concepts developed through those visioning sessions, particularly the effort to express integration, partnership and legacy within the design, were key to the final design and programming of the facility.”
Perkins+Will principal Carl Meyer, FAIA, added:
The new Lakers training facility and headquarters is designed for optimum visibility of the site and facility, including from the air.
Passengers flying into LAX will be able to see the building and the iconic Lakers logo on the roof. Executive offices will have views of the basketball courts within the training facility, and also of the Santa Monica Mountains and Hollywood Hills in the distance.
Design integrates Lakers’ purpose and passion
Tony Reiner, Senior Design Lead at ROSSETTI, explained:
The first floor exterior building design acknowledges the efforts of the players, starting with the pavement basketball courts of their youths.
The second floor design is inspired by the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, expressed in the rich, reflective and tonal composition of glazing, dark bronze paneling and vertical light bronze signage. We integrated the signage into the design to reflect the Lakers’ partnership with their sponsors.
The Lakers’ legacy is also realized in the form of a centralized basketball court and player courtyard. The integration of all basketball program areas, including players’ locker rooms, lounge and treatment areas, is organized around these two elements. As reference to a basketball hoop’s rim height, this form is divided with a clerestory window at ten feet, defining basketball on the first floor while providing natural daylight into a private player sanctuary.
Operations, management, and executive staff will work from second-floor offices and conference rooms that have views into the ground-floor courts. The Lakers’ development league team, the D-Fenders, will also practice and play on a 750-seat exhibition court. The lobby and other areas will display championship trophies and other team memorabilia, and the design will also embed legacy elements to immerse players in the successful history of the club.
Alice Hricak of Perkins+Will, who led the interior design, said:
We hope that the headquarters and training center will acknowledge the team’s past successes and will help support future success for the entire Lakers organization.
The building is also designed to meet LEED Gold standards for energy savings. Its innovative facade features integrated signage and a pattern of vertical fins that provide light and visibility while screening direct sun and excess heat.