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Two Frank Gehry Buildings Will Be a Part of Warner Bros. Office Expansion

Timothy Latterner
Worthe Real Estate Group and Stockbridge are developing two buildings near the historic studio lot for new offices

Television studios are keeping up with an ever-changing media landscape by moving past the studio lot. That’s precisely what Warner Bros. is aiming for by taking over two Frank Gehry–designed office buildings that are coming to the Burbank Media District, just outside the historic lot's gates.

“Once upon a time, Hollywood studios had an important architectural presence in the city; they were like monuments to the moviemaking process. With this project, I was trying to recapture that feeling of old Hollywood splendor,” Gehry said in a statement. “We wanted to create a 21st-century version that would have a strong and unique identity for Jeff Worthe and for Warner Bros. in the center of Burbank. We created large, open floor plans with the goal of creating the highest quality office space. From the freeway, the buildings are composed as one long sculptural glass façade that creates a single identity, like icebergs floating along the freeway. On the studio side, the metal-punched façade is terraced to relate to the scale and character of the existing studio buildings.”

As part of the transaction, Warner Bros. will purchase the land from Burbank Studios, located next to the Warner Bros. Studios lot. The land will then be used for the two Gehry–designed buildings: one seven-story building covering 355,000 square feet and one nine-story building cover 445,000 square feet.

The other aspect of the deal between the studio and both development companies involved is that Worthe and Stockbridge will also purchase three buildings that Warner Bros. currently owns in Burbank, the Triangle Building (4001 West Olive Avenue), Glass Building (3903 West Olive Avenue), and Wood Building (111 N. Hollywood Way), as well as the 30-acre Warner Bros. Ranch located on Hollywood Way. The employees working in these locations will be moving their offices to the new structures once they're completed.

The ground-breaking on both buildings is scheduled to take place before the end of 2019. The projects are planned to be finished by 2023, which will mark the centennial of Warner Bros. Studios. For that reason, the project has been dubbed the “Second Century Project.”