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Barbara Bestor is a Los Angeles architect with a deep affinity for popular culture, and she has been designing workplaces for Beats Electronics for the past four years as its staff grew from 16 to 600. Just before Apple acquired this high-tech audio company—best known for its line of headphones, marketed under the brand Beats by Dre—it consolidated its operations in a pair of warehouses in Culver City. Bestor and her team remodeled two floors within the larger of the two warehouses—on a tight budget and even tighter schedule—to create a sophisticated, urbane workplace for the culturally adept company. And a second phase for the rest of the company is nearing completion in the 105,000-total-square-foot project.
“Beats was built at the crossroads of culture and technology,” says Beats Electronics President Luke Wood. “When thinking about the perfect office, we focused on reflecting our core ideals as a design-driven company that creates culture but is built on a platform of great technology. We wanted an office that brought our ideals to life and matched the pace, power, and energy of contemporary culture with the simplicity and elegance found in great modern design.”