By Jessica Ritz | Architectural Digest
The Art Deco–style Trust Building in DTLA is getting ready for its next act this spring, with a unique arrangement to align its historic bonafides and contemporary appeal. Rising Realty Partners has secured AD100 architect Barbara Bestor of Bestor Architecture to operate as an architect-in-residence.
“Having worked with Barbara in the past, we knew that Bestor Architecture had to be involved,” says Christopher Rising, Rising Realty's cofounder and CEO. “Barbara's vision will engage with our tenants and create work spaces with elements of the Trust's roots and today's modern efficiency, so that the experience drives creativity and productivity.”
Architects John and Donald Parkinson designed the landmark as the Title Insurance and Trust Company headquarters in 1928. Rebranded as the Trust Building, a comprehensive rehabilitation of the structure began in 2017 with Gensler and Architectural Resources Group. Commercial and retail tenants, along with a new rooftop restaurant, will soon be announced.
Bestor will create two suites to demonstrate the building's flexibility and potential for tenants who want a bespoke, contemporary work space paired with the build-out processes that the relationship offers.
"Our job is to find how to make a cohesive space that also takes advantage of these beautiful, awesome, and idiosyncratic details," Bestor says about the Trust Building. "A lot of that has to do with the materiality of the existing building."
Bestor’s portfolio spans commercial, residential, and community works, including the Beats by Dre headquarters, Ashes & DiamondsWinery, and the renovation of John Lautner's Silvertop residence.
"From an interior architecture and work space perspective, I think more people are invested in flexible work spaces that have informal [features], like a café inside, or the conference room can be seen as the dining room," Bestor adds. "There's a level of finish that's more atmospheric and almost related to hospitality."