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The developer that purchased the historic church in Palo Alto commissioned Lundberg Design to convert it into an office space and optimize the existing structure. The plan consisted of two phases – one included scaling the existing auditorium for an office function while the second phase focused on reorganizing the administrative wing, which was too segmented to fulfill the modern-day requirements for an office space.

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The designers opened up the administrative wing by removing most of the interior walls, and brought natural light into the center of the plan by restoring old clerestory windows. They inserted a second “floating” level into the auditorium, which opened up the space and made the oculus above more exposed. By introducing the second level, Lundberg Design added significant square footage, while preserving the overall feel of the main gathering space. In addition, a new courtyard was added and blends perfectly into the existing architecture.

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