Architectural Record – Gehry Partners-Designed Warner Bros. Headquarters Completed in Burbank

Across the Burbank Media District, a commercial area just north of the Hollywood Sign, the headquarters of several world-renowned entertainment companies—most notably Aldo Rossi’s imposing Disney-ABC Television Group building and Michael Graves’ whimsical Team Disney Building—straddle the southern edges of their sprawling lots to vie for attention from the elevated position of the adjacent Ventura Freeway.

The Warner Bros. Headquarters, also known as Second Century, is leased to Warner Bros. by the Worthe Real Estate Group in collaboration with Stockbridge Real Estate Fund. It is the newest, shiniest addition to this concentration of media empires and serves as a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the legendary film and entertainment studio (hence the Second Century moniker). Designed by Gehry Partners, the 800,000-square-foot project consists of a pair of office buildings, one seven-stories, the other nine, that faces the freeway at the southern edge of Warner Bros.’ Burbank Studios Lot as an arrangement of ceramic fritted glass facades that shimmer in the sunlight. It looks like a million bucks. Hundreds of millions, even.

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